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Sukhothai fights flood, as barrier on Yom breaks
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PHUKET: Floods have wreaked havoc in 25 provinces and claimed eight lives over the past two weeks. Five of the flood-hit provinces – Sukhothai, Nan, Chaiyaphum, Tak and Nakhon Sawan – are still inundated.

“The economic zone of Sukhothai is now under water,” Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director general Chatchai Phromlert said yesterday.

A wide section of embankment by the Yom River collapsed yesterday, sending more water into Sukhothai town.

As of press time, the section that had collapsed was 60m long – up from 10m.

Floodwater has ravaged more than 2,800 rai (1,107 acres) of farmland in Sukhothai and affected more than 500 families.

The province’s Sri Satchanalai, Sawankhalok, Sri Samrong, Muang and Kong Krailat districts have been declared flood disaster zones

Relevant officials have been trying to reach flood victims via flat-bottom boats.

Army Colonel Sirichan Nga-thong said the situation looked set to worsen as more run-off from Phrae province, upstream, would reach Sukhothai within two days.

Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, in his capacity as Army chief, has instructed all military units to help improve the country’s water drainage by removing weeds from waterways.

With flooding in several northern provinces, the flood risk in provinces downstream is expected to rise soon.

The Yom River is a branch of the Chao Phraya, which runs through the Central region and Bangkok.

Darongkorn Somton, who heads the Chainat-based Irrigation Office 12, said he had recently alerted the governors of Chainat, Uthai Thani, Sing Buri, Angthong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, and Lop Buri about flood threats.

“Businesses and people living along the Chao Phraya River, in particular, must closely monitor the situation,” he said.

Darongkorn said the water volume moving into the Chao Phraya Dam in Chainat was clearly growing.

“In fact, the river has started overflowing in some districts of Ayutthaya and Suphan Buri provinces already,” he said.

To prevent a serious impact on downstream provinces, Darongkorn said his office would try to limit water discharged from the dam at around 1,100 cubic metres per second.

Initially, it was reported that the water-discharge volume would rise from 631 cubic metres per second to between 1,300-1,400 cubic metres. At such rate, the water level of the Chao Phraya would rise by one metre on Monday.

“With a water discharge of about 1,100 cubic metres per second, the water level will increase by between 30-40cm,” Darongkorn said. “But the level may rise even more under heavy rain.”

The Meteorological Department has forecast thunderstorms for most parts of the Central region and the Chao Phraya basin, this weekend.

Chatchai said flood victims could seek help from his department by calling the 1784 hotline.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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After news hit of an American being arrested and sued for defamation over leaving a bad review about a Koh Chang hotel on TripAdvisor, many are taking to the internet to voice their opinions on the issue. The Sea View Resort owners say it tried in vain to negotiated with Wesley Barnes after he posted the reviews, but he continued to post completely untrue comments.

The owners released a five-page statement after the news of it suing the American gained widespread attention. You can read their response HERE. Then, Barnes submitted his own response detailing the situation which was also published online.

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Now, the story has gained even more attention as netizens have begun posting their opinions on the controversial issue of Thailand’s defamation laws. Below, are some of those posts on The Thaiger’s Facebook page.

“Can someone clarify for me Thailand’s position on people leaving honest bad reviews as my girlfriend says it’s fine to leave a bad review of a business and it’s not defamation if honest of course? I have heard people say that you simply can’t leave bad honest reviews at all here but that sounds ridiculous. The thing about many Thais is that they think they’re beyond reproach. They can’t accept criticism because it’s not aligned with their grandiose self-image. Many also have a torrid time when it comes to ownership of their own actions and decision making.”

“OMG! He is arrested for a review.?! I know of an expat in Malaysia that wrote a bad review about a Thai-owned resort in Penang and he was sued as well. Be careful with what you share in that neck of the woods.”

“It’s one thing to leave a bad review but to throw in “modern slavery” remarks escalates to thai defamation law. He shouldn’t be arrested for his comments but you need to respect the country laws no matter how crazy they seem compared to your own country. This press is going to negatively affect the business way more than that review would have done though.”

“The owner should have settled with the review platforms privately and move on. I would hardly hold up Trip Advisor as a beacon of truth, however some people write extremely personal and vindictive comments that go beyond a review, in an attempt to gain product or refunds in return, this is an absolute fact, and hopefully this might make people think before they start writing reviews that are not exactly honest, I have read stories critical of the General Managers because they didn’t contact the guests, some really petty reviews by rather petty people.”

If Barnes is indeed found to be guilty of defamation, he could spend up to 2 years in prison and pay up to a 200,000 baht fine.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

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SOURCE:The Phuket News

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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