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Thai sex industry under fire from tourism minister, police
« Απάντηση #540 στις: Ιούλιος 17, 2016, 10:29:05 πμ »
Thai sex industry under fire from tourism minister, police


Women stand outside a bar in a red light district in Bangkok, Thailand, July 12, 2016. Picture taken July 12, 2016.
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Thailand's infamous sex industry is under fire, with the tourism minister pushing to rid the country of its ubiquitous brothels and a spate of police raids in recent weeks on some of the largest establishments providing sex services in Bangkok.

Those who work in the industry say curbs on commercial sex services would hurt a flagging economy that has struggled to recover after political turmoil took the country to the brink of recession in 2014.

Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and deeply conservative, but is home to an extensive sex industry, largely catering to Thai men. Hordes of tourists also flock to the bright lights of go-go bars and massage parlours in Bangkok and main tourist towns.

Thailand's beaches and temples have been the poster child for Asian tourism for decades and the country expects a record number of arrivals in 2016.



Women stand outside a bar in a red light district in Bangkok, Thailand, July 12, 2016. Picture taken July 12, 2016.
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Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul played down the role of the sex industry in drawing visitors.

"Tourists don't come to Thailand for such a thing. They come here for our beautiful culture," Kobkarn told Reuters.

"We want Thailand to be about quality tourism. We want the sex industry gone," she said.

Prostitution is illegal in Thailand but the law is almost invariably ignored. Experts say it will be hard to rid Thailand of an industry that is so entrenched and that provides pay-offs to untold numbers of officials and policemen.

Those trying to promote the welfare of sex workers say Kobkarn's goal is unrealistic.

Her push comes amid an attempt by the country's tourism authorities to transform Thailand into a luxury destination to attract moneyed tourists.

The military government is in denial about the proliferation of prostitution and its contribution to the economy and tourism, said Panomporn Utaisri, country director of NightLight, a Christian non-profit group that helps women in the sex trade to find alternative work.

"There's no denying this industry generates a lot of income," said Panomporn.

There are no government estimates of the value of Thailand's sex industry, or how much of the income from tourism comes from sex tourists.

LURE OF MONEY

There are about 123,530 sex workers in Thailand, according to a 2014 UNAIDS report, compared with 37,000 sex workers in neighboring Cambodia.

Last month, police raided dozens of brothels in major cities in what they said was a routine operation.

Police said they were looking to prosecute venues employing underage and illegal migrant workers, but only one of the venues raided was shut down.

There was no link between the tourism minister's aim to rid Thailand of its sex tourism industry and the raids, a police spokesman said.

The tourism sector accounts for about 10 percent of gross domestic product and sex worker groups said the minister's vision of a prostitution-free Thailand would dent that.

"The police presence already drives off a number of clients who come to relax or drink at bars," said Surang Janyam, director of Service Workers in Group (SWING), which provides sex workers with free medical care and vocational training.

"Wiping out this industry is guaranteed to make Thailand lose visitors and income."

Many sex workers come from the impoverished northeast and see selling their bodies as a way out of poverty.

One former sex worker from the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham, who declined to be identified, told Reuters she entered Bangkok's sex trade at the age of 19 and earned up to 5,000 baht ($143.14) a night, nearly 20 times the minimum wage of 300 baht ($8.59) per day.

"No one wants to work in this business, but it's fast and easy money," she said.

NightLight and SWING said they would welcome the sex industry's closure if the government had a plan to ensure that sex workers could support themselves without falling back into the business.

"If they want to close the sex industry, they must first have jobs ready to support sex workers," said Surang.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-vice-idUKKCN0ZW16A
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« Απάντηση #541 στις: Ιούλιος 19, 2016, 09:05:42 πμ »
2 SUKHOI BUSINESS JET AIR CRAFTS 



BANGKOK, July 18 (UPI)

The Royal Thai Air Force has taken delivery of two Sukhoi Business Jet aircraft, the first Sukhoi jets acquired by an overseas customer, the Russian company announced Friday.

The aircraft will provide VIP transport for top officials and government leaders, as well as the high command, Sukhoi said in a statement.

The Sukhoi Business Jet designed for the Thai air force has three different passenger sections:
a 4-seat VIP area, a 6-seat business class area and a passenger compartment or 50 people.

The jet's flight range is about 2,800 miles and was all assembled in Russia, Sukhoi said.

In-service maintenance support for the jets will be provided in Thailand.

The aircraft were delivered as part of a contract awarded to Sukhoi in 2014.

Sukhoi Business Jet offers more space than many other business jets in its class and tailor-made interiors, a spec sheet by SuperJet International states.

SuperJet International is a joint venture of Sukhoi and the Italian Leonardo Company.
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Welcome to Koh Chang and the Land of Smiles - that will be 320,000 baht please
« Απάντηση #542 στις: Αύγουστος 11, 2016, 13:20:19 μμ »

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KOH CHANG: -- Cruise ship staff are furious after they were told they had to pay 320,000 baht for their "high end tourists" to step on Koh Chang yesterday.

 

The staff said they had no idea before the visit of their ship packed with 1,400 "quality tourists" that they would have to front up a bill for just disembarking, reported Thairath.

 

Thai tourism officials in Trat were rubbing their hands in glee when they heard that the Pacific Eden - an Australian luxury liner packed with big spending and wealthy tourists from Britain, Australia and New Zealand - was to anchor off Koh Chang Noi Bay.

 

But no one had told the boat staff there would be a charge of 200 baht for foreign adults and 100 baht for their kids. Some 1,400 people of the 2000 passengers and crew aboard disembarked.

 

Jakraphan Tawethikun of the Trat Tourism office had said that these are just the kind of visitors the island  and country needs. It was estimated that they spent 2.4 million baht at souvenir shops, restaurants and on transport in one brief visit. 

 

That equated to about $40 US dollars or 1,500 baht each.

 

The TAT were thrilled that the liner came here as not too many drop in at Asian ports. They have a policy of trying to attract what they call "quality" tourists who will spend big and they were delighted that the "high end" tourists felt it was safe here and they would be assured of a great welcome.

 

However it was the "hidden" extra that irked the ship's crew.

 

An unnamed member of the liner's staff was less than happy. "They should have announced beforehand that visitors would have to pay fees just for stepping on the island. This would avoid problems and annoyance when people are charged later" the staff member said.

 

It appeared that the 320,000 was paid in a lump sum to the National Park office on the island and that the annoyance would be felt later when the charges would be passed on to the tourists for the privilege of visiting Koh Chang.

 

"They need to be told beforehand," said the staff member, "so they can make the decision whether to disembark or not".

 

Source: Thairath

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« Απάντηση #543 στις: Αύγουστος 13, 2016, 19:36:36 μμ »
Infographic timeline of the bomb attacks that killed 4 people.


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Thailand’s New Online Fad: Social Surveillance
« Απάντηση #544 στις: Σεπτέμβριος 27, 2016, 21:27:18 μμ »
Thailand’s New Online Fad: Social Surveillance


Police display alleged social media connections they said linked Chayapha Chokepornboonsri, 49, to rumors about a counter-coup in Thailand on June 24, 2015.

BANGKOK — She worked at a hotel and said she’d never heard of the lese majeste law before police arrested her. When they told her the quickest way back to her young daughters was confessing to being Facebook user Rungnapha Khamwichai, she did so, without ever speaking to a lawyer.

That was two years ago. For her confession, the military judges who convicted the single mom, identified only as Sasivimol, halved her sentence to 28 years for Facebook messages she says she didn’t write. Her older daughter will be nearly 40 by the time she is released in 2042.

Yet it wasn’t sophisticated government snooping or intrusive software that led to Sasivimol’s arrest, but rather a group of private citizens who saw the messages online and reported them for insulting the monarchy.

It’s part of a trend in which people are under watch by their own peers – possibly even friends and family – on social media. A recent report one year in the making by a London-based nonprofit found that Thailand’s constitutional guarantees of privacy are threatened by so-called social surveillance, a practice encouraged through direct and indirect measures by the military regime.

“Social surveillance is a government relying on your friends, family and loved ones to spy on you,” report author Eva Blum-Dumontet of Privacy International said.

Blum-Dumontet said it’s serious enough that regular citizens need to rethink their online habits.

“They have to be aware they can be arrested any day,” she said in a recent interview. “People have to realize the situation in Thailand has changed in terms of the amount of arrests and the violence of the government against its own people.”

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said although he hadn’t seen the report, the government needed updated tools to combat new threats such as drugs, human trafficking and the spread of false information.

“Government officers need to surveil and spread correct information in order to protect people from being victims of false information,” he said. “We want it to be the duty of every Thai to help do the same.”

He objected to the notion it was encouraging people to spy on each other.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘spy,’ I don’t want you to look at it in a pessimistic way,” the major general said. “If somebody spreads distorted information which can harm society in the future, then we have to help notify the relevant government agencies.”

He also disputed the government crossed any legal lines or infringed on privacy.

“There is a law, and the authorities can only inspect [communications] with a court warrant. If somebody posts pornograhic photos or photos that defame the nation, religion or the monarchy and we help prevent the damage, this is not called infringement.”

When she began researching the topic, Blum-Dumontet said she first looked into whether the state had deployed direct measures, such as Italian-made intrusion software acquired by police and the military as disclosed last year by Wikileaks.

“My first instinct was to see what they were using,” she said

As she interviewed people for her research, some told her the more one looks for sophisticated measures employed by the state, “the more wrong you will be.”

The report, published one week ago, relies on interviews media accounts and information from the Internet Law Reform Dialogue, or iLaw, to recount several cases in which social surveillance was used to prosecute civilians. Most cases involved charges of royal defamation, a criminal offense under Article 112 of the criminal code known as lese majeste.

One recounts the case of Pongsak Sriboonpeng, a Redshirt supporter who struck up an online friendship with a man who shared similar views and even sent him a phone to use. When he went to meet the man, Pongsak was arrested and learned his “friend” was a cop. In September 2015, Pongsak was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The report also details regime efforts to encourage social surveillance by offering cash bounties for reporting online dissidents and organizing cadres of student “Cyber Scouts” to police the internet.

It also faults the military government for “stoking existing tensions” and grievances to cultivate a climate of fear.

“By condemning as lese-majeste a wide range of dissenting opinion, the Thai government has been instigating a climate of fear that has affected the right to privacy of citizens,” the report said. “Individuals have been arrested for expressing their opinions on social media, a personal space many expect to be safe from government interference.”

Sansern said the matter of royal defamation was a special case.

“If you see somebody post a photo that steps right on every Thai heart, what are you going to do?” he said.

In its report, Privacy called on Thai authorities to dismantle the Cyber Scouts program, discourage online informants and condemn the release of personal information to attack someone online.

While social surveillance may be unsophisticated, Blum-Dumontet said trampling of internet freedoms and privacy  are within reach of the government through its control of the national telecommunications infrastructure – and its telecoms. She said she is working on another report looking at “surveillance on the cheap” through control of ISPs and telecoms which aren’t independent.

Though fear of social surveillance may have a chilling effect on expression, Blum-Dumontet said people need to be pragmatic and take it seriously.

“There has to be a point where you realize you are confronting a government that is not allowing you to express yourself, and people need to be extremely careful now in how they do things and use secure platforms,” she said.

Privacy International is based in London. It’s work in Thailand was supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and began prior to the coup with the intention of making policy recommendations to the civilian government.

“At the time, it felt like a country where we could potentially have an impact on policy,” Eva-Dumontet said of the project’s inception.

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All entertainment in Thailand suspended for 30-days
« Απάντηση #545 στις: Οκτώβριος 13, 2016, 19:39:45 μμ »
Thailand shuts down

It has been announced there will be a public display of respect and mourning in Thailand for thirty-days.

There will be no entertainment programs on radio or television. No music, no comedy and no soap series. Every Thai channel will broadcast royal daily news continuously.

All entertainment events have been cancelled for thirty-days. There will be no concerts, live music, stage shows or competitions.

Many nightclubs and go go bars have already closed down and will remain closed as a mark of respect.

Some bars have been told to close for three-days, others have been shut down for seven days.

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« Απάντηση #546 στις: Οκτώβριος 13, 2016, 19:47:35 μμ »
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« Απάντηση #547 στις: Οκτώβριος 13, 2016, 22:20:47 μμ »
αυτο πρακτικα τι σημαινει για τους τουριστες????υπαρχει περιπτωση για 1 μηνα να μην λειτουργουν μπαρ,κλαμπ,καφε και τα σχετικα???εμεις παμε στο Πουκετ..εχετε ακουσει λεπτομερεις???θα ειμαι εκει σε λιγοτερο απο 20 μερες...οποιος ξερει κατι παρακαλω να ενημερωσει...ΣΥΛΛΥΠΗΤΗΡΙΑ σε ολο το λαο της Ταυλανδης..
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What is open and closed this coming week (Official)
« Απάντηση #548 στις: Οκτώβριος 14, 2016, 10:19:18 πμ »
Latest information on what’s open and closed today and over the weekend.

If you were due to attend an event today or indeed over this coming week, best advice is to contact the venue first.

Most events that were due to be held this weekend have been cancelled, with some major events due to take place next week also cancelled.

Bars, restaurants and alcohol sales Most bars and restaurants will be open, although some may decide to stay closed until after weekend.

For places that remain open it is likely will do so without music and may also choose not to serve alcohol, with the atmosphere understandably more subdued than normal.

However, alcohol sales are permitted, with the usual rules on the sale of alcohol applying – sales permitted 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 12am.

There will be no alcohol sales on Oct 16th as this is a Buddhist holiday, Wanok Phansa, the last day of lent.
Shopping Malls All major shopping malls remain open.

Many stores of Villa Market, Makro, Big C, Tesco Lotus and Gourmet Market are open.

Many local stores are open.

Major Cineplex is open but is showing reduced screenings. SF Cinema is closed.

Immigration, government offices, financial institutions, hospitals Immigration offices throughout Thailand are closed on Friday – expected to re-open on Monday 17th.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand is open and trading as normal.

Banks are open.

All hospitals remain open. Most clinics remain open.
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« Απάντηση #549 στις: Οκτώβριος 14, 2016, 12:00:28 μμ »
αυτο πρακτικα τι σημαινει για τους τουριστες????υπαρχει περιπτωση για 1 μηνα να μην λειτουργουν μπαρ,κλαμπ,καφε και τα σχετικα???εμεις παμε στο Πουκετ..εχετε ακουσει λεπτομερεις???θα ειμαι εκει σε λιγοτερο απο 20 μερες...οποιος ξερει κατι παρακαλω να ενημερωσει...ΣΥΛΛΥΠΗΤΗΡΙΑ σε ολο το λαο της Ταυλανδης..

Σε τόσο τουριστικά μέρη, είναι λογικό (αλλά όχι σίγουρο) να επιστρέψουν σε κανονικούς ρυθμούς οι τουριστικές επιχειρήσεις συντομότερα από τις 30 μέρες πένθους, κάπου διάβασα για μία εβδομάδα, κάπου αλλού για τρεις εβδομάδες, οπότε σίγουρη απάντηση στο ερώτημά σου αυτή τη στιγμή, δεν υπάρχει.

Εννοείται, βέβαια, πως τα διάφορα party έχουν αναβληθεί για τουλάχιστον ένα μήνα, και πως η κατανάλωση αλκοόλ θα περιοριστεί, τις προσεχείς ημέρες. Ομως, θεωρώ πως τα εστιατόρια θα λειτουργούν κανονικά.

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« Απάντηση #550 στις: Οκτώβριος 14, 2016, 12:57:49 μμ »
Λοιπον τι συμβαινει στην Πατταγια .
ολα τα εμπορικα μαγαζια , μασαζ , κουρεια κλπ ειναι ανοιχτα .
ολα τα εστιατορια ειναι ανοιχτα
ολα τα καφε ειναι ανοιχτα
ολες οι τραπεζες - exchange κλπ ανοιχτα .
καποια εστιατορια δεν σερβιρουν αλκοολ , αλλα σου βαζουν την μπυρα σε μεγαλη κουπα χωρις να εχει μπουκαλι στο τραπεζι , καποια αλλα απλα καμουφλαρουν το μπουκαλι .
Τα 7/11 δεν πουλανε αλκοολ 
Εχθες ( αλλα και σημερα απο οτι εμαθα )  δεν δουλεψε κανενα κλαμπ - agogo - καραοκε κλπ , πολλα beer bar ηταν ανοιχτα αλλα με κλειστα τα φωτα και χωρις μουσικη ( γενικα μουσικη πουθενα ) .
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All National Museums, Historical Parks Free Till February
« Απάντηση #551 στις: Οκτώβριος 21, 2016, 10:08:03 πμ »

The Ayutthaya Historical Park. Photo: Wikimedia Commons


BANGKOK — All national museums and historical parks nationwide will be open for free for everyone – Thais and foreigners alike – now through the end of January.

In Bangkok, that means free access to places such as the main Bangkok National Museum, Royal Elephant National Museum and National Museum of Royal Barges, according to an announcement Thursday by the Fine Arts Department.

Thailand’s 10 national historical parks are located in as many provinces. They include the old capital of Ayutthaya, ancient grounds in Sukhothai and a millennium-old Khmer temple complex in Buriram. Four are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Free entry at all sites excludes fees for vehicles, parking, bicycle rental and other costs.
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« Απάντηση #552 στις: Δεκέμβριος 01, 2016, 06:49:10 πμ »

Buddhist temples all over the world told to bless for King Rama X proclamation ceremony tonight


All Thai Buddhist temples overseas and in the country are told to monitor the Television Pool of Thailand’s broadcast of the official ceremony to proclaim His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as King Rama X by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-Ocha tonight at 8.00 pm.

The cooperation from Thai temples abroad was sought by the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand after its meeting yesterday chaired by Somdej Phra Wananrat, abbot of Wat Bovorn Niwet.

During the ceremony the Royal Anthem will be played and all Thai Buddhist temples spread all over the world will recite the ‘Jayamangala Gatha’ (the Eight Victories and Blessing Incantation) and beat religious ceremonial drums and chimes in unison to bless the ceremony.

Spokesman of the National Buddhism Office, Mr Pradab Photikanchanawat said last night on Modern Nine TV, “Tomorrow at exactly 8.00 pm with the permission of the Sangha Supreme Council, Thai Buddhist temples located all over the world are notified to monitor the broadcast by the Television Pools of Thailand so that we are all coordinated to begin the official ceremony.

He said  following the official announcement, the Royal Anthem will be played after which every monk at Thai Buddhist temples all over the world will begin chanting the ‘Jayamangala Gatha’ together.

He said at the same time religious drums and chimes will be struck so that a worldwide blessing is given to the ceremony.

“These religious rites will also bless this land that we love and is in accordance with the ancient Thai Royal traditions handed down through the generations.”

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Two ministers resign following appointment to Privy Council


BANGKOK, 7th December 2016, (NNT)

The Education Minister and the Justice Minister have officially resigned from their posts after their appointment as new members of the Privy Council by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

Former Education Minister General Dapong Ratanasuwan and Former Justice Minister General Paiboon Koomchaya on Tuesday made a farewell visit to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

General Paiboon later told the media that he would perform his duties as a privy councilor to the best of his ability, adding that he had been preparing for the incoming Justice Minister who will succeed him in order to ensure a successful transition.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan stated that the Prime Minister has yet to mention a cabinet reshuffle.

He, however, voiced his opinion that there would not be any changes made to security-related ministerial positions if there was a cabinet shake-up.
 
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« Απάντηση #554 στις: Δεκέμβριος 19, 2016, 22:02:19 μμ »

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SAMUI: -- A 500 meter stretch of Chaweng Beach in Samui is covered in litter after recent rains and high waves.
The deputy local district chief blamed people who threw litter in the neighborhood klongs on the mainland.
These canals carried the litter out to sea and then it was blown back to the beach, said Meunsin Phunsawat, reports Daily News.

He implored locals as well as fishermen on boats to stop throwing litter that was damaging the image of the tourist beach.
Pictures of the filth were posted online by Thanchanok Chuayjit on the Ruam Pon Ton Samui Facebook page. It contained the question:
"What do you think of these pictures?"


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Most netizens were in no doubt that something needed to be done to clean up the beach.
Meanwhile Daily News online reporters who went to check out the filth noted that it was not just litter that was fouling up the tourist beach - they said that the water was black and the stench was awful.
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