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Parliament to host a ‘safe zone’ forum for students’ demands on September 22

A parliamentary committee is responding to the demands from student and opposition protesters, who are calling for reform of the government, a new constitution, and even reform of the Thai Monarchy – the latter previously considered a ‘no go’ zone.The committee describes the upcoming f orum as an intimidation-free “safe zone” for the students to voice their opinions and share them directly with the country’s MPsThe so-called ‘dialogue’ is scheduled to happen next Tuesday, September 22, just three days after this weekend’d proposed anti-government rally which was meant to be held at the Thammasat University Tha Prachan Campus.The students have already submitted to the panel their so-called “10-point manifesto” for reform of Thailand’s monarchy. The reforms address the scrapping the controversial lese-majeste law, defunding of the royal family and stop the ‘palace’ from expressing political opinions.

Tuk tuk driver shot multiple times by rival driver in Songkhla

A Songkhla tuk tuk driver is in critical condition after a rival driver allegedly shot the man multiple times for stealing his customers. The 40 year old allegedly shot the driver 9 times from behind, just as the driver was calling out to potential customers.When police arrived to the scene, they found another 40 year old on the ground with gunshot wounds to his chest and back. The alleged shooter was also still on the scene, carrying a .38 handgun and a brass knuckle.Witnesses noted that the 2 tuk tuk drivers often got into arguments, and sometimes fist fights, over customers.Police arrested the shooter and say he confessed to the shooting. He told police he was angry at the tuk tuk driver for taking his customers.

Global economics report expects Bangkok to have the highest tourist drop

International travel restrictions have crippled Thailand’s tourism industry so much that Bangkok might end up with the highest loss of tourists out of all the major cities in the world. A report from the global forecasting company Oxford Economics predicts Bangkok will lose about 14.5 million incoming foreign tourists by the end of the year.Cities across the world are experiencing a drop in tourism, but Oxford Economics says Bangkok will be hit the hardest. The reports says that demand won’t even get back up its 2019 high until at least 2024. Strict international travel restrictions. and a mandated 14 day quarantine have contributed to the drastic drop in tourists, or at least the lack of any recovery in tourism numbers. Along with Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya are in the top 20 most visited ‘cities’ or destinations in the world.

Stow your tray table and get ready for your favourite airline food, on the ground

Airplane cafes and on-ground flight experiences are becoming a thing, especially popping up around Bangkok. Thai Airways, still grounded due to the border closures, are turning the down time into a culinary spin-off. Thai Airways has not only opened a pop-up café to sell airplane food, but they are also offering flight simulations to the public.The stimulator flying experiences start at 12,000 baht for 30 minutes and go up to 36,000 baht for 90 minutes. It’s apparently the most realistic flight simulation in Thailand and is normally only used for training the pilots.The airline’s café has also “taken off.” The café at the Thai Airways headquarters in Bangkok gives the airline food experience without actually being in the air. Customers pose with luggage at the door and sit in spare airplane seats that the airline has re-purposed for the pop-up cafes. They offer dishes like pasta carbonara, Caesar salad with smoked salmon, and mango cheese cake.Wonder if they’re also serving inedible vegetable mush and stale muffins… that’s the food I’m most used to in the air… no names.

Thai Alex Albon scores podium finish in Tuscan Formula One GP

Red Bull will be grateful for the good PR today as British-born, Thai Formula One racer, Alex Albon, thanked the energy drink sponsors for their “faith” after he came third in last night’s incident-prone Tuscan Grand Prix, his first Formula One GP podium finish. The 24 year old finished in third place behind the Mercedes drivers to become the first Thai on the podium since 1950.His father, Nigel Albon is a former British racing driver who participated in the British Touring Car Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup. His mother, Kankamol, is from Thailand.In one of the most dramatic races for years, 6 cars had retired before a lap of racing had even completed. Albon made hard work of the result. Starting 4th, he dropped back to 7th at the second start and had to fight his way back up, which he accomplished with some scintillating pass moves

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Armed men allegedly steal more than 100,000 baht from Ayutthaya monk

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Police are searching for men who allegedly robbed a monk at an Ayutthaya temple, taking off with more than 100,000 baht in cash. Thai media reports that 2 of the men have been arrested and police are still searching for the other 2 men.

The monk was in his room at the Dokmai Buddhist Temple when he heard dogs barking. The monk says he opened his door to see what was going on outside. Just as he was closing the door, 4 men wearing hoods and holding guns and knives forced their way inside his room, the monk says. They allegedly took around 120,000 to 130,000 baht in cash. The money had been given to the monk to organise a ceremony to make merit.

One of them dropped their helmet as they were running out of the temple. Police say they will try to track down the owner of the helmet. Police are still investigating.

SOURCES: Thai Residents| News Channel 7

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Raja salvage operation resumes, garbage truck, pick-up raised from seabed

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An operation to raise the sunken Raja 4 ferry and its cargo of vehicles from the seabed off Koh Samui has resumed, after being delayed due to bad weather. The ferry sank on the night of August 1 as it was transporting several garbage trucks from Samui to the mainland. The ferry had set sail in bad weather and capsized when its cargo of trucks shifted during the crossing. 5 of the 16 people on board died in the accident.

Having first been suspended briefly due to bad weather a couple of weeks ago, and more recently due to storm Noul, the salvage operation is once more underway, with workers removing an 18-wheel truck and a pick-up from the seabed.

Nation Thailand reports that operators MS Service have been using 2 cranes, installed on 2 boats, to carry out the salvage operation. Prior to being lifted, the garbage truck was covered in netting, to prevent any further refuse from entering the water. Small boats were also used to pick up any rubbish that managed to escape the netting.

The Ministry of National Resources and the Environment has previously threatened to sue the ferry company over the environmental fallout from the ferry’s capsize. The ferry itself is yet to be lifted from the seabed.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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But it was my idea! Thai producer loses battle for Ultraman superhero copyright

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A Thai producer says he came up with the superhero “Ultraman,” but he recently lost a battle with a Japanese special effects studio over the copyright. The Thailand Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the owner of the Thai Chaiyo Productions Company Limited who tried to claim copyright for the superhero films which date back to the 1960s.

Owner of the Thai production company, Sompo Saengduanchai, says the superhero comes from his imagination. He says he created Ultraman while on a fellowship in Japan studying film production. He claims he was involving the projects “Jumbo A”, “Ultraman 1 – Ultra Q,” “Ultraman 2,” “Ultraman Seven,” “Return of Ultraman,” “Ultraman Ace,” “Ultraman Taro,” “Jamborg Ace” and “Hanuman Meets Seven Superheroes.”

Chaiyo Productions Company Limited has been in a copyright war with the Japanese special effects studio Tsubaraya Productions Company Limited. The Appeals Court ruled in Tsubaraya’s favor, then Chaiyo appealed that decision. That appeal was just rejected by the Supreme Court Division for Intellectual Property Rights and International Trade.

The Japanese special effects studio is best known for the “Ultra” TV series. It was founded in 1963 by special effects producer Eiji Tsubaraya and the “Ultra” series first aired in 1966. His family ran the company until October 2007, when the family sold the company to advertising agency TYO Inc.

Sompo says he’s worried that the Supreme Court decision will have a negative affect on his movies. He says some are registered as national heritage cultural properties.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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