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Death of a salesman: King Power branch linked with coronavirus death is closed

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PHOTO: King Power's Srivaree branch has been closed since February 6, the day a salesman who allegedly visited the branch was found to have been infected with the coronavirus. The man died yesterday - King Power
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King Power, Thailand’s largest travel retail group, has temporarily shuttered an outlet linked to Thailand’s first coronavirus-related death. A statement on Facebook earlier today said the branch has been closed since February 6 as part of health and safety measures, and that all its outlets have been sanitised.

King Power, which holds the proprietary concession for all of Thailand’s duty-free sales, did not say when the branch might reopen, and admitted to a sharp drop in sales since the start of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The firm did not make clear whether the branch was ever visited by the man who died yesterday after multiple organ failures. He worked for a trading partner of King Power and products under his supervision were sold at the Srivaree, branch according to the statement.

King Power’s statement says the 35 year old man developed a fever on January 28 and was treated as a flu patient at a private hospital the following day. He resumed work on the evening of January 29 but took sick leave due to dengue fever from January 30. he was transferred to Bamrasnardura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nontha Buri province, near Pattaya, on February 5 and doctors confirmed he was infected with the coronavirus on February 6.

On the same day that he was confirmed infected, the company decided to temporarily close its Srivaree branch.

The Disease Control Department said today, and The Thaiger reiterates, that the patient had tested negative for the virus since February 16, but later suffered from failure of his lungs, heart and other organs, leading to his death.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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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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Pro-democracy protest leaders hear lèse majesté charges

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Pro-democracy protest leaders reported to police today to hear lèse majesté charges which carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison for insulting or defaming the Thai Monarchy.

The ongoing protests have opened discussion questioning the Thai Monarchy, a move considered taboo in Thai society and also risky as “insulting” or “defaming” statements could violate the lèse majesté law under Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code.

Whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.

The 5 leaders are facing charges over the September 19 to 20 rally where the protesters placed a plaque in an area near the Grand Palace, declaring Thailand “belongs to the people.” The plaque has since been removed.

A lèse majesté complaint was filed by a leader of the pro-government “multi-coloured shirts movement” Tul Sittisomwong who said the protesters had “once again crossed the line,” according to an earlier report from the Bangkok Post.

“I don’t mind if they talked about politics, the prime minister or the constitution because they have the right to do so, but not about the monarchy.”

The protest leaders responding to police summonses include Arnon Nampha, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Panusya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, Panupong “Mike” Chadnok and Patiwat Saraiyaem, who is known as “Molam Bank.”

Arnon, who is a human rights lawyer, says he’s not worried about the charge and believes it will be cleared. The activists were accompanied by 2 counsel from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.

“It is now time for us to speak straightforwardly about the royal institution. Even if what we say goes unheard and laws are used to shut our mouths, we will continue to fight.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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The Thaiger needs you!

The Thaiger needs an amazing Bangkok-based English-language “Video presenter (News Anchor/YouTuber)” for our website and social media platforms. You will have previous presenter, host or journalist experience but be ready to learn the tools of modern digital news and information delivery, in text and video.

If you haven’t had experience doing vlogs, video posting or hosting in front of a camera, or are not in Thailand at this time, please don’t bother applying.

You will work directly with the CEO at our Bangkok office in Asoke and have an intuitive understanding of social media, experience with online news and an understanding of the Thai media landscape. If you’ve worked in Thai media in the past, in front of the camera, it will be a distinct advantage.

You will understand the urgency of the news cycle and be able to adapt and roll with the changes in media delivery. You’ll be motivated and keen to perform at a high level.

You can be Thai or foreigner, but you must be able to communicate as an English native-speaker. If a foreigner, you would have lived in Thailand for long enough to have an intuitive understanding and inside knowledge of the news cycle and culture. You will also be currently resident in Thailand.

As the Video Presenter you will…

  • Be the Thaiger’s news headline presenter to help produce interesting and exciting original content
  • Sourcing, writing script and presenting stories for multiple platforms and work as part of The Thaiger video content and publishing team to produce excellent content and high SEO level
  • Participate in helping to formulate news stories by pitching ideas and providing feedback on content
  • Quality check each story to ensure grammatical correctness, accuracy and clarity
  • Assist the Thaiger team continue our pursuit as Thailand and the region’s biggest media company
  • Become a modern day media ‘Svengali’

Send your CV and links to some examples of your video media to info.thethaiger@gmail.com and headline the email THAIGER VLOGGER.

We’re also looking for a full time video editor. They will work with our presenters and writers to edit the video material into high-quality finished product. If you are Thai, with good English-language proficiency, and interested in working with the Thaiger team, send a CV to tim@thethaiger.com and mark your application VIDEO EDITOR. We usually edit on the Davinci Resolve platform.

The Thaiger already produces a range of videos, including the daily ‘Thailand News Today’ and other general information videos.

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Man arrested for allegedly robbing 500,000 baht from Bangkok bank

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PHOTO: Nation Thailand

Police arrested a man for alleged armed robbery at a Government Housing Bank in Bangkok. 46 year old Phaiboon Sara allegedly used a gun to threaten bank tellers and take off with 500,000 baht in cash.

Police reviewed the bank’s security camera footage and tracked down Phaiboon, arresting him at his home in Samut Prakan. Phaiboon allegedly told police that he hid the money at a hotel room in Sukhumvit. Police searched the hotel room and found 391,390 baht in cash as well as clothes that matched the robber’s outfit seen in the video.

According to police, Phaiboon admitted to robbing the Bangbon district GH Bank branch, but claims he used a plastic gun to threaten the bank tellers. He allegedly told police that he threw the gun away and hopped on a public van to flee the area.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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