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PTT pays millions in compensation after Samut Prakan gas pipeline explosion

The Thai petrol company PTT has paid millions of baht in compensation to businesses and people affected by the Samut Prakan natural gas pipeline explosion last month.

The explosion at an industrial estate in the Bang Bo district killed 3 people, including 2 elderly women, and critically injured 10 people.

Another 60 received varying degrees of injuries from the incident. Homes and cars were damaged from the explosion and fire.

5 million baht was paid to each of the families of the deceased, 500,000 baht to those with critical injuries and 200,000 baht to those hospitalised with less severe injuries.

TAT says government has relaxed tourist visa criteria for European nations

The Tourism Authority of Thailand says the government has relaxed tourist visa requirements for some countries considered, “medium-risk”, in an effort to kick-start international tourism.

Tourist visa holders can be admitted for up to 60 days, with the possibility of extending their stay to 90 days. As of November 5, 1,465 foreign nationals have been granted visas. The 3 most popular types are retirement visas, privileged entry visas, and the Special Tourist Visa.

While applicants for the STV must come from low-risk countries, officials are relaxing visa criteria for nationals of Scandinavia and other European countries currently considered medium-risk, to apply for other types of visas.

But applicants must fulfil some pretty hefty financial requirements, including having at least 500,000 baht in savings, health insurance coverage of at least US$100,000, and out-patient insurance of 40,000 baht.

As we’ve said many times before, your first port of call if you want to come to Thailand at this time is your local Thai Embassy. And yes, depending on the day you visit and the person you speak to there may be variations in the answers you get. So be persistent!

PM won’t be drawn on rumour that protest leaders are seeking asylum in the US

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has refused to be drawn on speculation that 4 prominent protest leaders have applied for political asylum in the US. Online rumours circulate that 4 of the key protest ring-leaders have all applied for asylum in the US. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has merely responded that “officials are looking into the matter”.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Bangkok denies being involved, pointing out that the US Department of Homeland Security is the only agency that handles political asylum requests.

The PM has also repeated his stance on the importance of dialogue in resolving the current political impasse, saying he’s willing to listen to all opinions. At this stage there has been no concessions to any of the protester’s demands.

PM dismisses conflict of interest concern as Cabinet reviews golf quarantine proposal

Whilst we’re on the prime minister, PM Prayut has today dismissed concerns over a possible conflict of interest surrounding the idea of using golf resorts as alternative local state quarantine facilities.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul owns a golf course in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima. The PM says using approved golf resorts as ALSQ locations is, an “interesting idea”, but the proposal will need to be approved.

He has refused to be drawn on the suggestion that there might be a conflict of interest, given Anutin’s ownership of a golf course, along with ties between some golf courses and government officials. The CCSA discussed the use of golf courses as quarantine locations today.

It’s hoped that if the CCSA approves the proposal, it might attract golfers from places like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China.

Sarasas school refuses to negotiate compensation for students allegedly abused by teachers

The Sarasas Schools Group, currently embroiled in a series of child abuse incidents, says they won’t negotiate compensation with parents of students allegedly abused by their teachers.

Parents were each seeking around 5 million baht for damages, adding up to 130 million baht altogether. A meeting was scheduled today at the attorney general’s office and the lawyer said they expected to meet with the school management to negotiate compensation.

But Sarasas representatives did not show up to the meeting. In a letter sent to prosecutors, the school said they do not want to negotiate and are prepared to go to court to fight the compensation demands.

A new primate discovery in Myanmar, but only 250 of the species remain

In a rare find, scientists have identified a new species of primate, a lithe tree-dweller living in the forests of central Myanmar.

The monkey-like primate has a mask-like face framed by a mane of grey hair.

The Popa langur, named after an extinct volcano, home to the largest known population, has been around for at least a million years, according to Zoological Research.

But with only 200 to 250 left in the wild today, the herbivorous primates are already “critically endangered”.

The reclusive primates were finally captured on film in 2018, showing their full colouration and markings. The little creatures only weigh around 8-10 kilograms and have a metre-long tail.

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Thai netizens say pro-government royalists carried out Wednesday’s protest shootings

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Thailand’s netizens are refuting police’s claims that pro-democracy protesters carried out Wednesday’s rally shootings. The shootings occurred at the rally site near Bangkok’s Siam Commerical Bank head office, where the rally site was originally planned but was then moved after protesters tried to avoid a clash with pro-government royalists. However, shots were fired, with police arresting a suspect on charges of attempted murder, shooting in public without reason, and carrying a firearm in public.

The netizens found footage of the scene, in which they say they identified the faces of the offenders. The revelation came after Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Piya Tawichai blamed Ratsadon guards for the shootings and injuries.

Meanwhile, the pro-democracy leaders have been called into questionby donors to the movement, as they have criticised how the leaders have used the donations, when a guard was shot and injured. Netizens took to social media to ask what “fairy godmother” Inthira “Sine” Charoenpura and Pakorn “Hia Bung” Pornchewangkurn were buying with the donation money with some online comments mentioning the display of yellow ducks and props as a poor use of donation funds. Some criticisers pointed towards using the donations to buy protective gear for protesters after the shootings occurred, prompting the 2 leaders to issue a statement that they would now use such funds for the injured guards.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai protests to continue in full force into December in line with symbolic calendar events

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The pro-democracy protests are set to continue well into December, according to Thai security officials. Officials have been preparing to cope with a rise in anti-government activities as symbolic calendar events are coming up. Today the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group says a protest will take place outside the 1st Infantry Battalion on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in Phaya Thai District, giving credit to the predictions that there will no end in sight to the protests.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, made the announcement yesterday in light of the Constitutional Court being set to pass a ruling this Wednesday on whether PM Prayut is guilty of occupying a house that is meant for military officials.

Prayut is accused by the opposition of engaging in the conflict of interest by occupying the army residence. Such a move should have ended with his army chief tenure in 2014, according to critics.

Following the upcoming ruling on Wednesday, the symbolic calendar event of Constitution Day falls on December 10, a day which will ignite more protests as one of the main demands of pro-democracy demonstrators is to have a new Thai charter, along with the resignation of Prayut and reform of the Thai monarchy.

But despite the anticipated rise in rallies, security officials have ruled out the possibility of a military coup. Critics remain sceptical as many demonstrators claim the government has put police on the front lines of the protests, dressed in yellow shirts, in an attempt to spark a clash to pave the way for a coup. The current PM, when he was the head of the Thai Army in 2014, also said there would be “no coup” against the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government. A month later the NCPO led a bloodless coup and installed Prayut Chan-o-cha as the interim prime minister.

Piya Tawichai, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, says protesters yesterday gathered near the Imperial World Samrong shopping mall in Samut Prakan before marching to the Bang Na intersection to rally, partially blocking the road. According to Kissana Phathanacharoen, the deputy spokesman for the national police, the protesters did not obtain permission for staging the rally.

Some protesters also reportedly spray-painted traffic police kiosks with messages that criticised the police for “ditching the people,” and smashed kiosk windows. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a protest leader, posted on Facebook yesterday that she has been summoned for violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which bans anyone from criticising the King which states:

“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”

Rung says she believes the summons is linked to the September 10 anti-government rally.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Ron Howard to direct cave rescue feature film ‘Thirteen Lives’ in Australia

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PHOTO: The entrance to the real Tham Luang cave near the Myanmar border in far north Thailand

The Australian Government is putting up A$13 million to Imagine Entertainment and film giant MGM to shoot a live-action feature film called Thirteen Lives, based on the Chiang Rai Tham Luang cave rescue story. The film will be shot in Queensland, Australia in the hinterland areas behind the Gold Coast.

The film will be directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vince Code, Cocoon, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Splash, Frost/Nixon), and start filming in March 2021. The state’s Gold Coast hinterland will double for Thailand with a similar hot, humid climate.

The Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, says the production ishould inject more than A$96 million into the Australian economy, “directly creating around 435 jobs for cast and crew”.

Thirteen Lives will tell the remarkable story of the effort by many volunteers, including Australians, to undertake an incredibly complex rescue. And I am proud to say that this story will be told here in Australia.”

“I understand this project will also undertake a significant amount of cutting-edge visual effects work here, a great opportunity for our local post, digital and visual effects companies.”

Thirteen Lives follows the true story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of the Mu Pa (Wild Boar) football team, trapped in a cave by heavy rain and flooding in Chiang Rai, far north Thailand. After the team was stuck for days with no supplies and falling oxygen levels, a group of diving and rescue experts from all over the world were called up to work together with their Thai counterparts to save the 13 young men. Among those experts were a group of divers from the United Kingdom and Australia.

The first major feature film about the rescue operation was The Cave, released in October 2019. The film was quite critical of the Thai red-tape which hampered much of the early rescue efforts.

Ron Howard has worked with plenty of Australians in the past.

“From Thirteen Lives to the animated projected I am directing with Animal Logic in Australia, I am excited about the opportunity to film and work in Australia and dramatically expand on that list of collaborators whose sensibilities and work ethic I have long admired and respected.”

Imagine Entertainment and MGM’s Thirteen Lives will be distributed by Universal Pictures International.

Watch a message from director Ron Howard HERE.

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