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On May 24 – 25, Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation conducted animal welfare workshops entitled ‘Humans Love Animals, Animals Love Environment’, gathering local school teachers from 12 schools across the island.

Realising the importance of the younger generation and the power of education, the Foundation’s education team passed on their animal welfare knowledge through these educators who shared the experience and knowledge with their students.

The event was chaired by the Deputy Director of Phuket Educational Area District Office, Panupong Suk-apirom. Also present, the Phuket Mayor, the Director of Public Health and Environment Unit, Wina Pikulpon.

“From the previous workshop arranged by Soi Dog Foundation, we see that this is a great way to create beneficial projects that result in sustainable and humane solutions for both the humans and animals to live together in the same environment. The people who play an important role in adjusting behavior and nurturing children are the teachers and school executives. I hope that the teachers in this workshop will pass on the knowledge and understanding to create a sustainable success.”

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Meanwhile, the President of Soi Dog Foundation, Kiranee Narabal, said that animals play an important role in the environment and animal welfare is important for students to learn.

“When speaking of environment, people may think about water, air, ground, etc but forget about the animals, especially stray animals. Uncontrolled and increasing numbers eventually lead to disease and put human life in risk, as well as the animals. Not to mention the impact on social and economic perspectives of a leading tourism destination. The best solution is to live with our animal friends in harmony and understand the importance of birth control for stray animals.”

“The closest examples are pets – dogs and cats that live in the schools. We have already conducted several activities to support Princess Chulabhorn’s project to end threats from the rabies virus before 2020 – a position and target well accepted by the WHO. We would like to be, at least, a small part of this movement.”

The Soi Dog workshop concentrated on the ‘One Health’ theory, under which animals, including stray animals, take an important role. The activity creates an understanding among the teachers that the basic needs of animals are not very different from human needs, the physical language of dogs and cats, and a Q&A session to ask their own questions.

“There are a number of dogs and cats living in Phuket schools. Students must be informed about how to protect themselves from getting attacked and how to approach the animals properly for their own safety,” said Nuttawut Kumngern, Education Program Coordinator from Soi Dog Foundation.

The directors of 12 Phuket schools sent teachers representing Wat Thepnimit School, Hongyok Bamrung School, Ban Ao Nambo School, Koh Siray School, Sitsunthorn Bamrung School, Ban Saku School, Thachatchai School, Ban Koh Naka School, Ban Kuku School, Ban Chalong School, Ban Maikhao School, Wat Latthiwanaram School.

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K-Pop fan-funded billboards move from BTS and MRT stations to tuks tuks to support protesters

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K-Pop fan-funded “happy birthday” billboards are moving from mass transit stations in Bangkok to tuk tuks after the BTS Skytrain and MRT Bangkok Metro temporarily shut down services during pro-democracy protests last month.

The world’s K-Pop fans are weaponising their huge numbers and online ‘power’ by supporting Thailand’s pro-democracy movement. In 3 days last month, Thai and overseas K-pop fans raised more than 3 million baht to support the growing student-led movement calling on government and monarchy reform. A lot more has been raised since then.

A Thailand fan page for the South Korean K-Pop band BTS (not to be confused with Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain) urged fans to stop paying for the “happy birthday” billboards displayed in BTS and MRT stations. The fan-funded signs celebrate the birthdays of the 7 members of the band.

The band members also issued a statement asking their fans (known as ARMY) to stop paying for signs in the BTS and MRT stations because the mass transit systems “inconvenienced protesters and normal citizens from getting home and putting them in danger.”

The “happy birthday” signs have been seen on tuk tuks throughout Bangkok while some have posted photos of empty advertising space in the transit stations.

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Thursday’s edition of Thailand News Today, including the latest in the local cases popping up in Northern Thailand. Thailand’s most watched English language news.

20 more people suspected of being involved in corruption at Thai Airways

20 people are now under suspicion of corruption and mismanagement within Thai Airways as accountants unravel the massive losses for the airline, spanning a decade

The news, announced by police and deputy head of the commission investigating the airline, comes as little surprise to anyone who has been following the demise of Thailand’s legacy airline. The airline is tackling a debt of around 300 billion baht.

The story follows many other tales of corruption and bad deals that have been part of a larger puzzle that is now being unraveled by accounts and committees who are handling the airlines’ bankruptcy.

Now, 20 people are suspected of corruption in 6 different parts of the company’s management.

The investigation into alleged corruption at the airline started in August. In September, 18 documents showing evidence of corruption and mismanagement at the airline was submitted to the Finance Ministry, still a major shareholder for Thai Airways.

The airline’s decision to buy 10 Airbus A340 aircraft for 100 billion baht in 2004 was catastrophic. The airline lost money on every single flight of these aircraft. All but 1 of them have been decommissioned and stored at the U-Tapao airport.

2 infected Thai women took domestic flights after illegal crossing from Myanmar

2 Thai women, both infected with Covid-19, took domestic flights after entering the Kingdom illegally from Myanmar and bypassing health checks and quarantine.

A total of 10 Thai women have now tested positive for Covid-19 after crossing the border from Myanmar, several having worked in the same hotel and entertainment establishment in the Burmese border town opposite Mae Sai in Chiang Rai.

Health officials are tracking and tracing anyone who could have been in contact with the women, a number well into the 100s. Some have travelled to Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

Thai economists say new local Covid-19 cases will slow tourism recovery

Meanwhile, the National Economic and Social Development Council says that the mini outbreak in Northern Thailand will re-ignite fears of a second wave of infections in Thailand, stifling travel and tourism in the northern cities.

Operators already note that there has been a drop off of bookings and cancellations related to the publicity from the cross border infections. Airline bookings have also dropped off to both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

Government to raise 5-year Elite visa fee by 20%, as foreigners flee Covid countries

As more foreigners opt for one of Thailand’s “elite” visas, allowing stays of between 5 and 20 years, and costing anything from 500,000 baht to 2 million, the most popular version is up for a price hike.

The cost of the 5-year “Easy Access” visa will go up by 20% from January, to 600,000 baht.

An additional 2,674 applicants signed up for an elite visa so far this year. That’s an increase of nearly 25%, with the scheme generating revenue of 1.6 billion baht.

By the end of September this year, over 11,100 people hold an elite visa in Thailand, as part of 9 different packages offered by Thailand Privilege Card.

Heavy rain wreaks havoc in flood-ravaged Nakhon Si Thammarat

The governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat has put the province on high alert, following 6 days of heavy rain in the southern province.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is directly east of Phuket, on the Gulf of Thailand.

Large swathes of land are underwater after extensive flooding that has affected tens of thousands of people in the region. Floods have been recorded in 351 villages in 15 districts, with some 48,000 people affected.

Heavy rain and flash flood warnings were issued for all southern provinces except Chumphon and Ranong

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Man shot and killed outside Bangkok restaurant

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A man was shot to death at a parking lot outside a restaurant in Bangkok’s Noi district. Police, accompanied by a doctor from the Siriraj Hospital, arrived at the scene around 2am this morning and found 49 year old Damrong Taweekkhet with 2 gunshot wounds in his chest.

Damrong, a fruit vendor, was chatting with his friends in the parking lot when a motorbike driver rode up and started arguing with Damrong, a witness told police. The driver allegedly pulled out a gun and shot it multiple times.

Police say they suspect the shooter is Damrong’s friend who had argued with him inside the restaurant prior to the shooting. Police are still looking for the suspect and say the motorbike was seen driving down Boromratchonnee Road.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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