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Business & Economy / Re: Baht strengtening/weakening
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 09, 2017, 01:55:22 PM »
Nod for foreigners issuing bonds in baht

The Finance Ministry will let foreign state agencies and companies apply for baht-denominated bond issuance as a special case from Sept 6 to Oct 6, a move expected to help curb the baht's rapid gain.

Foreign entities that win Finance Ministry approval must issue the baht bonds with a maturity of up to three years between Nov 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, the Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) said in a release.

The issuers will be allowed to use the proceeds only in domestic transactions in baht terms and for onshore spot exchange.

The ministry will open applications for foreign entities to offer baht-denominated bonds three times a year: in March, July and November.

An informed source at the Finance Ministry said the special period for baht bond applications is in line with the initiatives of Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong, since he believes that letting foreign entities issue baht bonds will help stem the sharp appreciation of the baht, as bond issuers must convert proceeds to US dollars.

But the issuance size depends on the Finance Ministry's discretion, the source said.

The baht is among the top-performing currencies in Asia, up 7.7% year-to-date, according to Bloomberg data. In comparison, the Japanese yen has surged 7.9%, the Singaporean dollar 7.6% and the Taiwanese dollar 7.4% since the start of the year.

In related news, the PDMO said the Finance Ministry has approved the issuance of baht-denominated bonds by the Lao government and Nam Ngum 2 Power Co.

Both foreign entities are required to issue the baht-dominated bonds or debentures in Thailand by May 31, 2018, and must use all proceeds from the debentures according to the terms and conditions specified by the Finance Ministry.

Bangkok Post

Wasn't it the Yanks under DT who recently had to raise their debt limit to keep from going bankrupt? They might as well try to borrow from Thais and by that help depreciating the Baht.
Scams & Crime / The Gang-Rape Village?
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 09, 2017, 10:04:00 AM »

Governor steps in after girl, 15, claims she was raped by 40 men

national September 05, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

Residents concerned allegations damage Phang Nga’s reputation

POLICE have pledged to further investigate a gang-rape case after a teenage victim finally spoke up, saying there had been more than 40 perpetrators.

The sexual attacks allegedly took place in Phang Nga province between May and December last year. But the mother of the victim, who is now 15, said the girl had kept silent for so long because she was afraid of the consequences for her reputation and the safety of her family.

Police deputy spokesman Pol Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said yesterday that investigators at Kok Kloi Police Station had sent the victim to a hospital for examination.

“Officials from the Social Development and Human Security Ministry will join the interrogation,” he added.

Krissana said police would also look into whether the case could be considered as human trafficking, as the victim claimed she had also seen other girls being raped.

According to the girl’s mother, a man broke into her house last year and raped her daughter. Days later, the same man and another man returned and allegedly gang-raped the girl.

These incidents were repeated, escalating to the point where the girl was forced on several occasions to go to huts where she was drugged and raped by many other men. Because of the frequency of the attacks, it is believed that more than 40 rapists were involved.

“Because I and my husband work as rubber tappers, we must leave our children alone between midnight and dawn,” the 39-year-old mother said.

She said she started noticing that her daughter acted strangely early this year. The mother initially suspected that her daughter’s behaviour might be linked to her use of a mobile phone, which she confiscated. However, the mother soon discovered that the girl was also frightened at night. After questioning by her mother, the girl began to reveal her ordeal, beginning with the first rape. The mother then took the girl to a police station to file a complaint against the first three accused.

Officials from the Social Development and Human Security Ministry helped the victim’s family relocate. After that, the victim began to divulge more information, and said she had seen other girls being abused in the same manner at the huts she had been taken to.

Chanon Abdullah from the Muslims for Peace Foundation said arrest warrants had already been issued for the first three suspects named by the victim.

Kokkloi Police Station superintendent Pol Colonel Satit Prom-utai said at the time of the alleged crimes, the victim was younger than 15.

“Her interrogations will be conducted by a multidisciplinary team only,” he said.

Phang Nga Governor Pakapong Tawipat has also asked the province’s police chief Pol Maj-General Boontawee Toraksa to have the case transferred from the Kokkloi Police Station to the province’s police headquarters instead. While several agencies have come forward to help the young victim, many local residents in Koh Raed Village, where the sexual attacks allegedly took place, have expressed dissatisfaction.

“Officials should identify all 40 suspects to clear any lingering doubts,” a resident said. “Or else, the reputation of our village will be ruined. Since this case was first reported, no tourists have come to our area.”

Pakapong admitted that local residents had demanded that government agencies provide clarification in the case because they felt their village’s reputation had been damaged.

“I have set up a committee to find out the truth about the case,” the governor said.

He added that he had also instructed police to investigate the case.

The Nation

Is that a new way of attracting tourists? I was alerted to this story by a publication on an Austrian news site.
Scams & Crime / Weird experiments with pets?
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 09, 2017, 09:36:47 AM »
Owner 'killed dog for compensation'

Veterinarian Anongnart Sutatham looks at the frozen carcass of a Pomeranian that died under suspicious circumstances, after the animal was delivered to her pet hospital in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima, on Friday. (Photos by Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A dog owner in Muang district is suspected of deliberately poisoning to death at least one of his pets so that he could claim compensation from a pet transport company.

Veterinarian Anongnart Sutatham, owner of Centre Pet Hospital, on Friday said her staff received a call informing them of the arrival of a dog. About half an hour later, a man showed up with a dead dog. About half an hour later, a man showed up with a dead dog. He demanded compensation from the driver of the pet transport firm hired to deliver the animal.

Ms Anongnart said the driver told her the Pomeranian was healthy and he had no idea how it had suddenly died. However, he did not touch the dog and asked that an autopsy be done on it.

The result showed more than 10 pills inside the dog's stomach -- the same type she saw in a bag of the owner, Ms Anongnart said.

The dog owner told her the pills belonged to him and he dropped them in a dust bin. She retrieved the yellow pills and found that they were blood pressure medication.

She said the driver told her the owner had fed his dog the pills but the owner claimed he had given his dog vitamin pills.

“Even if they were vitamins, more than 10 are too many for a two-kilogramme dog,” she said.

The owner could not show her a bottle or label of the pills and later stopped demanding compensation from the pet transport firm.

The veterinarian posted an account of the case on Facebook and afterwards another pet hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima informed her that the same man had shown up with another dead dog at the hospital, but an autopsy had not been done on the animal.

A source said that the dog owner was a medical student.

Kanthasit Kansap, a veterinarian with the Nakhon Ratchasima livestock development office, said his office was investigating to find out if an animal was tortured, and the pet owner would be called for questioning.

The pills collected from the dead dog's stomach.

Bangkok Post

Thanks for them points of view B/F. Here is an interesting part post from Pimchanok Pomsuwan Well worth the read on peoples take on safe driving and how we might think differently. Full link below post

Same story, different headline
How online comments can be influenced by differing mindsets

A good example is the different thoughts Thais and westerners are capable of while sitting in the back seat of a Bangkok taxi, hurtling up a highway.

Foreigners might get anxious, all too aware that contact with another car at 100kmh is certain death. Most Thais do not panic. Anyone who spends time travelling around this city in vans will know the vast majority of Thais don't wear safety belts. They relax, maybe use their phones. They even fall asleep.

Magical powers

Being a Thai person myself I've paid attention to this over the years. From things I'd hear or read I increasingly started to believe many Thais were putting their trust not in the driver but in his religious amulets. Seeing a handful of the right amulets hanging on the rear-view mirror along with the appropriate spells painted onto the inner roof and the smell of a floral garland would make Thais feel safe.

My suspicion was that many truly believed that these tiny totems somehow created a magical barrier, protecting passengers from the dangers of the road. This, I thought, is a huge difference in how Thais and westerners think.

I wanted to investigate this a bit more so I started visiting the Facebook pages of various Thai news sites: Bangkok Post, Khaosod English, Khaosod - ข่าวสด, and MatichonOnline. I wanted to see how people commenting in English differed from those commenting in Thai. I thought this might be interesting to the many foreigners living here who can't speak Thai. As it turned out, I identified a number of differences between Thai and foreign commenters, and I also tried to find plausible causes for them.

Thailand is second in the world for road accident deaths according to the World Health Organization and there is no shortage of news relating to the many tragedies that befall our roads. This is where I began my research. Before I begin I should also point out that while my findings do not represent unanimous opinion, they do illustrate the general tenor of the comments.


Thais are more likely to believe bad luck and evil spirits are the cause of accidents. If the victims survived, Thai people are likely to give credit to the victims' luck, merit, or amulet. Why is this?

Full article
Korat News / B4bn water project to end water shortage in Korat
« Last post by thaiga on September 08, 2017, 02:13:16 PM »
B4bn water project to end water shortage in Korat

Part of the design for the project to draw water from the Pasak Jolasid dam in Lop Buri to the Lam Takong reservoir in Nakhon Ratchasima to solve a tap water shortage in Nakhon Ratchasima. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Regional Irrigation Office 8 on Friday unveiled a four-billion-baht project to channel water from the Pasak Jolasid dam in Lop Buri to Laem Takong reservoir in Nakhon Ratchasima, to address a water shortage in the province.

Sunai Klummon, chief engineer overseeing Nakhon Ratchasima, said the agency had completed the design work for the project, intended to ensure an adequate supply of tap water in five districts of the province - Muang, Sikhiu, Sung Noen, Kham Thale So and Chalerm Phrakiat.

He said the project would have three parts: a water pumping station at the Pasak Jolasid dam; another at Muak Lek reservoir in Saraburi; and a tunnel through Nong Yang Sua Mountain in Saraburi.

The first pumping station would be on the downstream side of the Pasak Jolasid dam, pushing water from the dam along a 9.9 kilometre pipeline through tambon Nong Bua in Phatthana Nikhom district, Lop Buri, to the Muak Lek reservoir, which could hold around 60 million cubic metres.

The second station would be immediately downstream of Muak Lek reservoir, drawing water from the catchment to Nong Yang Sua Mountain through a 4.8km pipeline.

Lastly, a tunnel three metres in diameter will be cut through the mountain. It will be 24.8km long, from the mountain to Pak Chong district in Nakhon Ratchasima. Water flowing into canals will be diverted to the Laem Takong reservoir.

Mr Sunai said the office was now ready for the environmental impact assessment (EIA) to begin. A three-million-baht budget for the study had already been approved by the government.

The project’s design will be proposed to a provincial supervisory committee for consideration, so the EIA can start soon, he said.

Scams & Crime / Re: Runaway Bride, Dowries gone, too
« Last post by thaiga on September 08, 2017, 01:48:17 PM »

I wonder how many more will come forward - and how many there are who will not come forward, because they feel ashamed.
that was there problem, they was to forward, they come to quick - they say her nickname was porn :o well they have found her now reports
arrested in Nakon Pathom last night,

Porn nailed! Woman who conned men for dowries arrested in Nakon Pathom
Scams & Crime / Re: Runaway Bride, Dowries gone, too
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 08, 2017, 10:16:38 AM »
Runaway Bride: Thai woman cons 12 men out of millions of baht in dowry

The infamous dowry scammer is believed to have made off of approximately THB2 – THB3 million by marrying 12 men over the past six years and fleeing with the dowry cash each time, said celebrity lawyer Songkran Achariyasap.

Yesterday, Songkran led seven of the 12 victims of runaway bride Jariyaporn Buayai, 32, to file a police complaint at the Crime Suppression Division. Each victim lost money and assets, ranging from THB50,000 to THB1.2 million, Bangkok Biz News reported.

The story of marriage con artist Jariyaporn, also referred to by nicknames including “Nammon” and “Porn,” has just gotten more intense. It was discovered she started marrying men for dowries in 2011, with weddings were held all over Thailand, from Yasothon to Udon Thani, Pathum Thani ฟืก Prachuap Khiri Khan. At all weddings, her parents also attended, seemingly endorsing her deceit.

Songkran said that all victims’ stories were similar. It all started with Facebook chats that led to real dates. Then Jariyaporn asked the men to invest in her fruit business and marry her. But a few days after the wedding, she would tell the man that she needs to go away to deal with the fruit business and disappear.

One of the victims, Pirat Puengsuk, 28, lost THB180,000 in dowry money and a Toyota pickup truck. The financial cost of the damage totaled THB1.2 million.

Pirat said he got to know Jariyaporn in April of this year on Facebook. After just two months, he decided to marry her and paid THB180,000 in dowry.

Pirat said he admired Jariyaporn because she always sent photos of herself working in the fruit business. Therefore, he quickly decided to quit his job as a transport driver to work with her and build their future together.

“She demanded that I marry her before investing in the business together because it was her family’s tradition. If we weren’t married, we couldn’t do business together,” Pirat told Amarin.

Pirat said he trusted her with all his heart, but just one day after the wedding, she borrowed his truck to pick up fruit in another province and disappeared with the vehicle.

“I’m so hurt by what happened. I want her to redeem herself and not do this to other people,” he said.

Another victim, Wiphol Posuwan said Jariyaporn showed him the ultrasound film of their “baby,” to prove she was pregnant. He agreed to transfer THB520,000 into her bank account for the dowry. After that, Jariyaporn told him she lost the baby and disappeared, Amarin reported.

Despite being conned, Wiphol described the victim as “charming” and said he really looked forward to building a future with her.

Lawyer Songkran said during all the relationships, Jariyaporn went by the name Soipetch Paleewan, which belongs to another woman. This other woman, Soipetch, is also the owner of the bank account that the victims transferred money to. Soipetch is believed to work with Jariyaporn in the scam.

Songkran filed the charges of fraud against Jariyaporn, Soipetch, and Jariyaporn’s parents. They could each face five years in prison and a fine of THB100,000.

Police are gathering evidence as the investigation as ongoing.

Coconuts BKK with more pics

I wonder how many more will come forward - and how many there are who will not come forward, because they feel ashamed.
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by Baby Farts on September 08, 2017, 06:00:32 AM »
I get frustrated because of the meaningless deaths that could have been avoided. The fact that the guy in the video didn't even know he was on the wrong side of the road tells you something. He obviously went from the water buffalo to the car, which seems to be the case with many of the motorists here. No learning curve. Sometimes, I wonder if it's just dumbness or laziness....maybe a combo of both.

One of the major problems, as I see it, is that very few motorists here actually plan ahead or analyze traffic conditions, etc.  For example, many don't look ahead or see potential future the car up ahead at the u-turn about to turn into a busy road.  They focus no more than 10 feet in front of them. You need to be constantly scanning the road and what's going on in order to prepare. The only time you'll ever see this happening is when they are at a stop light and waiting for it to turn green, watching the timer countdown. This is when they prepare for the Indy 500 Mittaphrap race. You should see the morning races on the way to Sarasas school when parents are taking their kids to school.  Unreal.  It reminds me of that movie...what was it.  Death race 2000.  Almost everyone drives as if it were they're last day on earth, and considering their recklessness, lack of skills, etc, for many of them, it is.

Here's another thing.  After an accident, have you ever noticed how people here just stand around gawking at the guts and blood all over the road?  No one ever discusses how the accident happened or how it could have been prevented.  No analysis or anything.  Instead lets take out the camera phone and take a bunch of selfies next to the brain matter all over the road.  "Ho ho ho hee hee hee. Look at all that blood. ho ho ho hee hee hee. His brain looks like macaroni."
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by thaiga on September 07, 2017, 11:17:42 PM »
i got to agree with most of that b/f - the roads are not dangerous but the drivers are.

the guy in the post above, according to the morning news did not even know he was on the wrong side of the road, the 28 yr old was on his way to meet his girlfriend, he is now in icu.

The punishment for idiots needs to be big enough for people to be afraid of it. but then again if your wealthy that as we have read doesn't work. i notice the safety campaigns only pop up at peak seasons. motorcycles are the most vulnerable they account for about 80% of deaths.

After the shocking collision in Chonburi, people got excited for a while, but like everything else once the fuss dies down, everything goes back to the way it was before.

Drive carefully guys
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by Baby Farts on September 07, 2017, 09:51:46 PM »
My wife likes to say "the roads" are dangerous. Bullsht.  It's the Thais who drive on them that are dangerous. This country is simply not ready for the technology and the responsibility that comes with it. Many are just holding on for the ride when they operate a vehicle. Others still think they're on the farm, like the cyclists who wander around aimlessly on a busy street with their high handle bar bike and basket without a fcking clue about what's going on around them. They wander from one side of the road to the other, and at night you can forget any lights or safety gear.
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