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PHOTO: The gun in question fired while being cleaned.

Medics and police responded to a call last night where a man in Samut Prakan accidentally shot himself with his own gun while cleaning it. The 42 year old man, Thammarat Kaewkomonman, was found unconscious but alive, lying on the floor of the building and was rushed to Samut Prakan Hospital. He has a bullet hole on the left side of the chest, and an exit wound in his back.

Thammarat was in his home district of Muang and the gun accident occurred in a commercial building there. His 17 year old son was with his friends playing a video game in the room when they heard the bang of a gunshot.

His dad had been cleaning his CMMG Mk4 3GR rifle on the other side of the room. He owned this gun, which was legal and properly registered, as well as 6 BB guns that were on display in a showcase mounted on the wall. His son said his father was a gun enthusiast and collector.

The gun Thammarat had been cleaning had not been checked to confirm it was unloaded before the accident. 4 cartridges were still loaded, along with the spent shell that shot him. The gun went off, and his son turned from his game to find his father lying unconscious on the floor with the gunshot wound in his chest, having accidentally shot himself.

His son called the police for help around 10 pm. The hospital reports that Thammarat was seriously wounded. An investigation is ongoing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Just as well.
    A person as inept with a gun such as him might have shot his son.

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    Dean Millard

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Agreed

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Not very bright to have been cleaning a weapon that was loaded, mag on, and made ready … pretty clever, though, to have managed to shoot himself in the chest, by accident, with a rifle …

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    sam

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    There was a senator,who carried an automatic gun to dinner,but he accidentally shot dead his aide,his former wife. He escaped punishment. Maybe,Thailand is following American style of gun ownership with “guns do not kill” mentality.

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    chupapi

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Mk47, perhaps

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    James R

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:31 am

    I worked in the USA for a year, there were daily news items where very young siblings or friends had found their parents guns, thought they were toys and where one kid had shot to death another kid.

    Terrible, why have a gun as more innocent people are killed with them than the so called ‘baddies’?

    In Thailand I was in a friends house on one occasion and they showed me their collection of guns, one was the massive Magnum hand gun, another an Uzi automatic and a few others, it makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck seeing such things.

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    Rasputin

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Must have had very long arms to manage to do that

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Exactly my point, @Rasputin.

    It’s not possible for him to have shot himself in the chest with the bullet going out of his back with a weapon like this unless he pulled the trigger with his toe.

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    Lindsay

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:13 am

    @Rasputin – You’d be surprised how bizarre accidental shootings are, I was in a hospital bed beside a guy who blew the center of his hand out accidentally with a shotgun.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Nothing really “bizarre” about that, Lindsay – hand to hand distance is 5 to 6 feet for most people.

    Hand to chest, in front of you so the bullet can come out of your back, is a lot less – a couple of feet – measure it yourself.

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    Lindsay

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    @Simon Small – Yes but your assuming a finger has to be on the trigger for a gun to discharge. The three accidental shootings I am familiar with only one had a finger on the trigger (shot thru the spine whilst driving on a rabbit shoot )the other two were plonking the butt of the loaded shotgun on the ground with his hand over the barrel(hand nowhere near the trigger) and the second a lady farmer withdrawing a loaded rifle from the front seat by the barrel and getting shot under the arm and thru the heart. This last one was decided by the coroner that the corner of the car seat pulled the trigger whilst she was pulling the rifle out to use it. I’m guessing they didn’t think a external force could also trigger the firing.

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    James R

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 3:12 am

    The barrel is only 18 inches long and you can disassemble the stock so it would be short enough for someone to shoot themself accidentally with it.

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    Steve

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Maybe an Iq test for gun holders should be instigated. It should cut down gun ownership down by 70%.

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    BJoe

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Agree with those who understand that gun accidents can occur in very bizarre ways. I also strongly believe that with that right to own, you bear the consequences of that ownership whether it be an accident or not…serious consequences.

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Asia holds 99 of the 100 most environmentally at-risk cities

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PHOTO: Verisk Maplecroft's global risk assessment for environmentally vulnerable cities. (via Verisk Maplecroft)

If you live in 1 of the 100 most environmentally vulnerable cities in the world, then unless you live in Lima, Peru, we can guess what continent you’re on. According to a recent risk assessment study, 99 out of the top 100 most environmentally vulnerable cities are located in Asia with 80% of them in India or China alone. 1.5 billion people in 400 large cities worldwide are considered to be at high or extreme risk. Natural disasters and climate change, heatwaves, water shortages, and pollution that shortens the average life span are amongst the environmental risks facing people today.

City’s hold more than half the world’s population and are the financial drivers of a country’s economy, but most cities will continue to suffer worse and worse air quality, pollution, extreme weather, water scarcity, and other natural hazards. Asian cities are hard hit, with Karachi ranked 12th, Manila 71st, and Bangkok holding the 84th spot on the list of cities at risk environmentally.

Holding the uncoveted top spot on the list is the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, with frequent heatwaves, flooding, and pollution only increasing. New Delhi ranked second, joined by other Indian cities such as Chennai in 3rd, Agra in 6th, Kanpur in 10th, Jaipur in 22nd, Lucknow in 24th, and Mumbai in 27th. In total, 13 of the top 20 at-risk cities on the list are in India.

Indian cities also fill the entire top 20 list of urban areas housing over a million inhabitants with the worst air quality, with New Delhi ranking first. Every year a million people die in India due to air pollution with 7 million total deaths globally. A lot of the air pollution issues stem from burning coal and other fossil fuels.

Turning from the skies to the water, China holds 35 of the top 50 cities with the most water pollution plus 13 of the top 15 water-stressed cities. There is hope that China’s emerging middle class will push for a higher quality of life, rallying for cleaner air and water and persuading the government to act more environmentally responsible.

China’s government seems to be beginning to act, shutting down factories until they meet emission goals and taking other strong steps. India has a less cohesive economy and a government with a looser grip on industry, putting it at a disadvantage in tackling environmental issues.

The Middle East and North Africa are the regions most at risk of environmentally calamitous events outside of Asia. Focusing on global warming, sub-Saharan Africa holds 40 of the 45 most at-risk cities. Abidjan, Brazzaville, Freetown, Kigali, Mombasa, Monrovia and other large cities are vulnerable. Lagos and Kinshasa are the two cities in Africa with the largest populations and are included in the list of threatened cities.

Africa is in the unenviable position of being the continent that contributes the least to global warming and climate change but will suffer the most from the results which will bring heatwaves, increasingly bad droughts, flooding and more powerful storms. Large portions of the continent are not nearly prepared enough to deal with the resulting environmental disasters.

To compile the list of risk assessment environmentally for cities, researchers at Verisk Maplecroft looked at human vulnerability, the danger of extreme natural events, and how well the country could adapt to environmental change. They evaluated the livability and operational capacity of a city including its real estate assets and investment potential. The full report can be seen here.

SOURCE: Yahoo

 

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Lungtoo, A PM Prayut-themed Thai meme crypto, debuts

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PHOTO: Crypto based on PM Prayut's nickname is destined to be huge. *Please don't consider this investment advice. (via SiamBlockchain)

For those looking to get into the cryptocurrency craze in the shadiest way possible while also offending the Thai government, the perfect option now exists. Say hello to Lungtoo, the newest meme crypto be making its way through the Thai blockchain community. The name is pronounced like the Thai translation of Uncle Tuu, the affectionate nickname given to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha by his supporters. The cryptocurrency was launched on Monday, perhaps as a response to Elon Musk’s Saturday Night Live appearance during which Dogecoin, the crypto he has supported, plummeted.

The website for Lungtoo features artwork from anonymous political cartoonist Kai Maew who claimed he had no involvement and had not given permission for his art to be used. The site is targeting Thai youth that have been protesting Thailand’s current government and the digital currency claims to be donating profits to Siriraj and Phramongkutklao hospitals. The crypto was created completely anonymously and the website was offline today.

Much of the cryptocurrency and its website seems to have used the Binance Smart Chain service the launch a knockoff of another cryptocurrency, Dogemoon. The website and all associated information and press releases seem to be cobbled together from Dogemoon’s website and other crypto sources. The Lungtoo website was registered anonymously but it was confirmed to be set up in Victoria, Australia.

939 crypto investors had purchased the original Lungtoo coins before a red-flag-raising back-end switch changed the contract account where the coins originated. 40 people have purchased the new coins and the crypto creators announced later that people could exchange old coins for new coins. They claimed the accounts were switched because their original didn’t meet the regulations for some crypto exchange platforms.

Experts say this shady change, and other setup vulnerabilities, make the coin a humorous meme but a risky and easily exploited investment.

SOURCE: Coconuts

 

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Phuket woman impaled by steel rod in motorbike accident

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PHOTO: CCTV footage shows the Woman impaled in a motorbike crash.

Police were called to the scene of a gruesome motorbike accident just after midnight in the Kathu area of Phuket, where a woman was impaled by a steel rod. The 34 year old woman crashed her motorbike into a concrete power pole on Wichit Songkram Rd between the Kathu Shrine and Kathu Municipality. rescue workers responded, and together with police, they arrived to find the woman still hanging from the power pole.

Khanuengnit Onoaun was driving a black and pink Honda Click motorbike and may have been speeding just before being impaled by the rod on the electric pole. Her motorbike was lying nearby the pole with significant damage to the front of the bike and the front wheel.

CCTV footage recovered from the scene suggest that the woman may have fallen asleep and crashed into the power pole. The pole had steel rods protruding from its side that utility workers use to climb when service or repairs are needed to the electrical lines, which is what impaled her when her motorbike hit the pole.

The metal rod pierced the woman’s upper chest and went all the way through her body with about 2 inches exposed on the other side of her as she hung from the pole. Rescue workers could not remove her from the steel rod at the scene of the accident safely and instead chose to cut the rod to take her off the electric pole and into an ambulance. Cutting through the steel took about 5 minutes for the rescuers.

She arrived and was admitted into Vachira Phuket Hospital with the metal rod still impaled through her chest. The hospital had no updates about the woman’s condition after her motorbike crash other than that she is alive and receiving treatment currently. The police plan on questioning her once she has had time to recover and investigating the incident further if necessary.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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