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Man arrested for allegedly driving with monitor lizards tied to his motorbike

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A man was arrested on animal abuse charges for allegedly catching water monitor lizards, tying them to his motorbike and driving around Prachuap Khri Khan, south of Phetchaburi province.

The man, who is identified as Chaowalit, posted photos on Facebook of lizards tied up to the back of his motorbike. One photo shows a large monitor lizard tied up to the back of the bike, hanging upside-down. Apparently, Chaowalit has been posting photos for about 4 months now on Facebook page on wildlife hunting.

Officials from the Kui Buri National Park were notified about the photos and a team of special unit officers were sent to Chaowalit’s house to arrest him. He was charged with catching and harming protected wildlife as well as violating the Wild Animal Reservation Protection Act. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to 1 million baht.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    James

    October 30, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Why don’t motorcyclists get arrested for using their child as an airbag as they sit or stand in front of the parent who is operating the motorbike?

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      BC

      October 30, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      You’re in Thailand, remember? I’d rather deal with a family trying to survive with one motorbike, than a hi-so Mercedes owner who slept during his driving lessons and now operates his car like a cluelessly arrogant prick. Don’t like lower middle class folks taking their children to public school on their motorbikes? Move back to your country and your own way of life. They aren’t the bad guys, they’re the reality and you oughta accept and respect it.

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        MARK GOODYEAR

        October 30, 2020 at 10:34 pm

        maybe you’re the arrogant prick that should F.O. back to your own country! TOSSER!

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          BC

          October 31, 2020 at 10:07 am

          Touche’. I ripped a bit too hard. But I’m a repeat long-term visitor (since 1987) and full time resident (2002-04, and since 2013) and a motorbike owner. Families on motorbikes are a part of the culture here, and in most circumstances are less harmful and more helpful to the average worker bee here. The “arrogant pric&%” comment was made shortly a Mercedes driver blantly cut me off in traffic. Yes, motorbike users can be terrible drivers but many automobile drivers are just as bad, and when they do dumb stuff it often seriously injures or kills others. Better now, ya TOSSER? ; )

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        James

        October 31, 2020 at 12:29 am

        I am in England, I only spend 50% of my time in Thailand.

        I don’t care if they risk the lives of their children, it is up to them.

        But it does seem strange a lizard is more important than a child as far as the police are concerned.

        Do you think it is ok to risk children’s lives on motorbikes, would you do it, I wouldn’t?

        PS, you are a temporary visitor to Thailand, you may be on a one year visa but it still has to be renewed every year with three monthly reports, you like me are a visitor, you have no right to stay there.

        As far as Thailand goes just pay up and remain a second class citizen with no rights whatsoever, but it is a good place for long holidays and is as cheap as chips for us rich Westerners as long as the airport is not too far away.

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          BC

          November 2, 2020 at 6:55 pm

          No James, I’m not really “the same as you”. I live and work here. I commute on the roads everyday. I have no home anywhere else. I’ve probably spent 8 years in this country, over the last 30. The topic isn’t about visitors or residents, or 90 day reports or what rights I might or might not have. It’s about people who “use their children as airbags on their motorbikes”. That was the comment that I sort of objected to. By the way, it’s totally ok to care if someone else risks the lives of their children, and I can’t believe that you don’t. But are any Thai people getting on their motorbikes with that deliberate thought in their minds? “I’m going to put Jr in front of me so he will cussion any collision I might have”? Of course not. It’s just another of the realities of life here. Not everyone can afford a car (thank goodness). I think it can be dangerous too, in some circumstances, but I’m not going to judge something that, for the most part, works for them. Yes, we all know about the horrendous road death rates, but that is a separate issue of more connected to speeding, youth, bad driving habits (both bikers and car drivers), and alcohol. Just sayin’.

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    Toby Andrews

    October 30, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Another example of the wonderful Thai.
    The West should wake up and realise what the Thai race are.

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    James Pate

    October 31, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Ai hia!

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    Alex

    October 31, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    10 years up to prison. Good riddance!

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    peter pope

    November 1, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Hang him upside down to Honda Dax,that will teach him a lesson.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Personal data of 13 million online users leaked in data breach

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The Digital Economy and Society Minister is calling in the experts after revelations that a data breach means the personal data of over 13 million online users has been compromised. The details of the accounts have been found up for sale on an underground website, according to a Thai PBS World report. The news has sparked condemnation of Thailand’s cybersecurity.

It’s understood the data includes names, phone numbers, and email addresses, as well as information on online transactions carried out by users of Lazada, Shopee, Line and Facebook, as well as several other online platforms. It’s believed the data breach applies to transactions that took place in 2018.

The DES Minister, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, has contacted Lazada Thailand, who confirmed the breach was not at their end and are now investigating further. Meanwhile, the DES has invited online security experts from the Electronic Transactions Development Agency and the National Cybersecurity Commission, as well as representatives from each of the affected platforms, to a meeting next week to discuss ways of preventing such incidents.

The ministry insists the protection of online users’ personal data is a top priority and is working with all relevant bodies to beat the threat of cyber-attacks.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Appeal Court upholds 20-year corruption sentence against former Buddhism chief

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The former head of the National Office of Buddhism has had his appeal against a 20-year sentence in a corruption case rejected by the Appeal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases. Phanom Sornsilp is currently serving a total of 94 years for the misappropriation of temple funds in multiple cases brought against him.

The court also upheld the 20-year sentence handed down to his accomplice, the former director of the Office of Temple Renovation and Development and Religious Welfare, Wasawat Kittithirasith.

Lesser sentences being served by 2 other accomplices were also upheld. Jetsada Wongmek is currently serving 6 years and 8 months for his role in the embezzlement, while Charin Mingkwan is serving 20 months. Phanom and Jetsada were ordered to repay a total of 12 million baht to the National Office of Buddhism, with Wasawat and Charin ordered to repay 3 million baht.

Phanom was arrested, charged and sentenced after it was revealed that he and his accomplices were arranging substantial funds for temple renovations on condition that 75% of the funds be returned to them under the table. Money was handed out, not just for repairs and renovations, but supposedly to cover attendance at study courses and religious festivals. When abbots at the beneficiary temples returned the bulk of the money to Phanom and his co-conspirators, they kept the funds for themselves.

In May of this year, the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct also found Phanom guilty of embezzling an estimated 50 million baht that had been earmarked for temples in the central province of Nonthaburi, during 2013 and 2014. He was sentenced to a further 52 years, taking the total time behind bars to 94 years.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Teenagers break vending machine by inserting beer bottle tops to pay for coffee

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A group of teenagers in the eastern province of Chon Buri has been caught on CCTV inserting flattened bottle tops into a coffee vending machine, causing it to break. In the footage, 4 teenagers, male and female, can be seen arriving on a motorbike and parking in front of a convenience store in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

They are then seen flattening beer bottle tops and sticking them in a vending machine outside the store. Miraculously, their efforts pay off and the machine dispenses a cup of coffee. The 4 can be seen sharing the hot drink and then driving off. It’s understood the cost of a cup of coffee from the machine is 10 baht.

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The 61 year old store owner first realised there was a problem when a customer told her the vending machine wasn’t working. Shopkeeper Somjit Ketkaew tried to insert a coin and was unable to do so, asking her son to check the CCTV footage. She says she doesn’t recognise any of the teenagers and believes they are not from the area.

The machine was opened up to reveal several objects inside, including flattened bottle tops and round metal objects, including 1 baht coins, although the machine only accepts 10 baht coins.

The former village head, 64 year old Charoen Ketkaew, says the machine was installed using 60,000 baht of village funds. The intention was to give villagers access to decent coffee at a cheap price. As the machine is now out of warranty, he says they have been quoted 8,000 baht to repair it.

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