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Pattaya’s Night Wish Group donates more than half a million baht to home for special needs kids

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The Night Wish Group, a self-described “group of 29 bars operated by a team of decent and honest guys that fell in love with Pattaya and the girls we have been fortunate to meet along the way”, has donated more than 600,000 baht to the Boon Choo Home For Special Needs Children earlier this week. The money was given by generous customers, friends, staff and owners of Night Wish Group, including proceeds from a party where 100% of sales went directly into the collection box.

Mid-week at the temporarily closed Exotica Bar Soi 6, Night Wish Group founder Bryan Flowers, along with friends Gary Vokes, Chompu and Fernando handed over all the boxes from every NWG bar plus 32,000 baht from La La Land, an independently owned bar also on Soi 6.

The owner of Boon Choo and her staff emptied each box and counted the money inside. The total came to 640,694 baht, according to Teacher Boon Choo Muangmaithong, who founded and manages the Boon Choo Home.

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The donations came from locked donation boxes which have been at all 29 bars in the Night Wish Group since the beginning of the year. The group was in the middle of a charity drive to raise over 3 million baht for the home when the Covid-19 crisis struck, forcing all bars to close and freezing donations.

Many foreigners and customers of the Night Wish Group saw the importance of lending support to these children and subsequently came together to help them financially.

NWG has pledged to continue the campaign when their bars reopen, and to reach and hopefully exceed the goal of 3 million baht for the home.

Boonchoo Home For Special Needs Children is located at 117/1 Moo 5, Plu Taluang, Sattahip, Chonburi (tel. 089-8095279) for those who wish to directly assist them during this time. The Home is closed to visitors during Covid19 but staff can accept donations at the entrance or give bank account information over the phone.

You can contact the charity to donate on their Facebook page HERE.

NWG is currently distributing around 1000 free meals daily for those affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Those wishing to participate or make a donation can message the group through their Facebook page HERE.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Bangkok hospitals use baby face shields, US health officials say it could be dangerous

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While Bangkok hospitals say they are protecting newborn babies from the coronavirus with baby-sized face shields, health authorities in the US disagree with the move, and even claim it could be dangerous.

The US Centre of Disease Control says an infant face shield could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome as well as suffocation or strangulation.

Since infants and newborns often toss and turn in bed, the nose and mouth could become blocked by the face shield and suffocate, according to a CDC report on the matter.

“Parts of the shield can also get caught around the neck and cause them to suffocate.”

They say that there is no data supporting the use of infant face shields for protection against the coronavirus.

SOURCE: US Centre of Disease Control

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Pattaya’s beaches are still a ‘no go’ area this month

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Don’t go to Pattaya’s beaches unless you’re willing go to jail or pay a hefty fine. Starting tomorrow, the city’s beaches will be closed until the end of May in an effort to prevent socialising and to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Pattaya’s police posted photos on Facebook of the taped-off beaches and warning signs.

“Those who try to access the beach could face a year in jail or an up to 100,000 baht fine. People and tourists are prohibited from gathering in the areas between 9am and 9pm during the three-week period.”

However, people are still allowed to walk and exercise on the sidewalks adjacent to the beaches. The closed beach areas include… Pattaya beach, Jomtien beach, Phra Thamnak beach, Cosy beach, Wong Amat beach, Krathing Rai beach, Lan Phor Na Kluea public park and the Bali Hai pier area.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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10 arrested in Chon Buri for house party in violation of Emergency Decree

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Police in Chon Buri province’s Sattahip subdistrict, south of Pattaya, raided a party last night at a house with 10 people, most of them from out of town and described as domestic tourists. The gathering was a direct violation of the Emergency Decree enacted to stop the spread of Covid-19

Na Jomtien police were notified by a “concerned citizen” that there was a noisy party at a house in a housing estate at 9:30pm. They arrived at the house, knocked on the door and were greeted by 37 year old Paruehat Tampanon, who said he’s renting the house for several days, and that he and his friends were staying there for 2 days.

Na Jomtien police discovered 9 other people inside the house, 2 of whom tested positive for illegal drugs, police say, without naming the specific drugs. Many bottles of alcoholic and other beverages were found.

Paruehat claimed he did not know that Chon Buri still has strict social distancing measure in place and bans private parties. He also claimed all 10 people know each other and live with each other so there was be no threat of spreading the virus.

The owner of the house, 35 year old Piyanuch Ignatov, was charged with illegally operating a hotel and disobeying a Chon Buri order. (Rentals of fewer than 30 days are technically not allowed under Thai law.)

All those arrested face stiff Emergency Decree penalties, which means fines of up to 100,000 baht and/or up to 2 years in jail.

SOURCES: The Pattaya News | Naew Na

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