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Thai driver qualifies for Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne

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Thai driver qualifies for Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne | The Thaiger

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Thai driver Alex Albon is brushing aside a crash during Friday’s practice to outpace his teammate in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix today, earning him a place on the starting grid tomorrow.

Sunday’s race will see a Thai flag flying over the grid for the first time in the modern F1 era.

Albon, born to a Thai mother and an English father, posted an impressive time of 1 minute 22.636 seconds to qualify in 13th place on the grid. More impressive still was that the Thai rookie out-qualified his Toro Rosso teammate, Daniil Kvyat, who already has a season in F1 under his belt. Kvyat will start two places behind Albon on the grid in 15th.

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position with a time of 1m20.486s, just ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Third on the grid is Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel while Red Bull driver Max Verstappen rounds off the top four.

The race begins on Sunday at 12.10pm Thai time.

Provisional starting grid for Sunday’s Melbourne Grand Prix


1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes    1m20.486s

2    Valtteri Bottas    Mercedes    1m20.598s    0.112s

3    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari    1m21.190s    0.704s

4    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Honda    1m21.320s    0.834s

5    Charles Leclerc    Ferrari    1m21.442s    0.956s

6    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari    1m21.826s    1.340s

7    Kevin Magnussen    Haas/Ferrari    1m22.099s    1.613s

8    Lando Norris    McLaren/Renault    1m22.304s    1.818s

9    Kimi Raikkonen    Alfa Romeo/Ferrari    1m22.314s    1.828s

10    Sergio Perez    Racing Point/Mercedes    1m22.781s    2.295s

11    Nico Hulkenberg    Renault    1m22.562s

12    Daniel Ricciardo    Renault    1m22.570s

13    Alexander Albon    Toro Rosso/Honda    1m22.636s

14    Antonio Giovinazzi    Alfa Romeo/Ferrari    1m22.714s

15    Daniil Kvyat    Toro Rosso/Honda    1m22.774s

16    Lance Stroll    Racing Point/Mercedes    1m23.017s

17    Pierre Gasly    Red Bull/Honda    1m23.020s

18    Carlos Sainz    McLaren/Renault    1m23.084s

19    George Russell    Williams/Mercedes    1m24.360s

20    Robert Kubica    Williams/Mercedes    1m26.067s

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800 million baht of drugs seized in three recent busts

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800 million baht of drugs seized in three recent busts | The Thaiger

by Jessada Chantharak

Police have seized a total of eight million methamphetamine pills, 2,070 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 1,546 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of 800 million baht from three recent drug busts.

Four suspects were arrested and a fifth was killed during arrest.

The report from the national police deputy commissioner Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakan.

In the first case, police arrested three hill tribe men aged between 23-27

27 year old Boonsong Wusueku was killed in a gunfight with police during the arrests.

Eight million meth pills, three pick-up trucks, a pistol and five cell phones were seized in the March 16 bust in Chiang Rai province.

The three men had been charged with having illicit drugs in their possession with intent to sell.

In the second case police and customs officials arrested 47 year old Bamba Adama, from Ivory Coast, who allegedly smuggled 1,546 grams of cocaine in his stomach at the Suvarnabhumi Airport.

He has been charged with smuggling cocaine into Thailand and possessing cocaine with intent to sell.

In the third case, a 28 year old Thai man, Anucha Krinwongsa from Nan, was arrested on March 19 with 2,070 grams of crystal methamphetamine at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

His arrests followed a tip-off a day earlier about a batch of drugs to be smuggled out of the country via the airport.

Anucha was apprehended after officers found the “ice” hidden in his luggage. He was charged with drug possession with intent to sell and attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country.

800 million baht of drugs seized in three recent busts | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation

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Foreign Affairs denies attempts to extradite Thaksin from Hong Kong

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Foreign Affairs denies attempts to extradite Thaksin from Hong Kong | The Thaiger

PHOTO: The happy couple and ‘dad’, in HK for tomorrow’s wedding

The director of the foreign affairs department of the public prosecutor’s office in Thailand says media reports that the Thai officials are trying to extradite former PM and fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong, are wrong.

Daily News reports that Chatchachom Akkhapin says there was no truth in stories of efforts to extradite Thaksin from Hong Kong.

Thaksin is in Hong Kong from tomorrow (Friday) to attend the wedding of his youngest daughter Paetongtarn “Ing” Shinawatra to a commercial pilot.

Chatchachom says no contact had been made with Hong Kong authorities but he concedes that, even  though Thailand and Hong Kong have no formal extradition treaty, it would still be possible to request the return of a wanted fugitive if the evidence presented was sufficient.

In the first instance he says they would need to ascertain the address of Thaksin in Hong Kong and the public prosecutor’s office don’t know where Thaksin is staying.

The denial follows a post on “Thaksinlive” on Instagram earlier this week that indicated Thaksin would be in Hong Kong for “Ing’s” wedding on March 22.

Read The Thaiger’s report, that the Department has now denied, HERE.

SOURCE: Daily News

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Thungyai wildlife chief could appeal for a heavier penalty for Premchai

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Thungyai wildlife chief could appeal for a heavier penalty for Premchai | The Thaiger

Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary chief Wichien Chinnawong, hailed as a hero for standing up to Premchai and taking his case to court, says, while he respects the verdict of the Thong Pha Phume provincial court on Italian-Thai Development boss Premchai Karnasuta, he believes the billionaire deserved a heavier penalty.

A panel discussion organised by the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation and environment reporters’ club yesterday heard from the Wildlife Sanctuary chief in his first extended comments following the Wednesday verdict.

Mr. Wichien said he spoke to his immediate superior, Mr. Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn, director of the 10th Conservation Area Management Office, and says they both agreed that the verdicts and/or punishments should be appealed.

However, they say they want to study the full text of the court’s verdict first.

Thai PBS reports that the wildlife sanctuary chief, who arrested Premchai and his party, said that all big cats in Thailand’s wilderness have tremendous ecological value, much more than the two million baht compensation demanded by the court.

Premchai was found guilty of carrying weapons in public without a permit, being in possession of a grey pheasant carcass and abetting others in illegal hunting.  He was acquitted of the charges of illegal hunting and of being in possession of a panther carcass.

Mr. Kosonwat Inthuchanyong, deputy spokesman of the Office of the Attorney-General, said the public prosecutor in charge of the case would have to study the full text of the court’s verdict before deciding whether to appeal.


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