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French tourist reports sale of Nazi merchandise in Pattaya

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A French tourist has raised concerns about the sale of Nazi paraphernalia in Pattaya.

PattayaOne.news reports that 34 year old Alexandre Jandaeng spoke of his shock at seeing the goods, which included pictures of Adolf Hitler, swastika emblazoned scarves and coins, on sale at a market in the popular resort town. Mr Jandaeng reported the sale of the goods to Pattaya Tourist Police, telling them that if such things were on sale in his native France, the person selling them could face up to 10 years in jail.

A video posted by Manager showed Mr Jandaeng at the police station showing pictures of the goods to an officer. In the video, the Frenchman explained how he did not like to see such things and that Nazi related goods should not be allowed to be sold in Thailand or anywhere else.

“For me, it is very very important the police stop this”, Mr Jandaeng said in the video.

“It is important to remember history”, he said.

“Many people died for that and for me it is impossible to see this and is very shocking. I don’t like,” he added.

Mr Jandaeng praised the tourist police officer for listening to his complaint but admitted that he does not know if any action will be taken against the vendor who was selling the Nazi goods.

This isn’t the first time Nazi imagery or so called “Hitler-chic” has been seen in Thailand. As well as being found on sale in some of Thailand’s most popular night markets, Nazi imagery has even been featured some of the countries leading educational institutions and in government videos.

In 2011 a Catholic school in Thailand was forced to apologise after it made students wear Nazi uniform for a sports day parade. Some students also had swastikas painted on their faces.

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Bangkok: Female’s head and body parts found in bags north-east of city

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PHOTOS: Thai Rath

The mutilated body of a female has been found in the Soi Klong Samwa, in the north-eastern outer suburbs of Bangkok. Minburi police, forensic experts and members of the Por Teck Tung Foundation headed to the location where the body was found.

In a shoulder bag, wrapped in a black rubbish bin liner, was the head of a long haired woman.

Several metres away were two fertiliser sacks that police believe contains the torso and body parts of the victim. The body parts are believed to have been in the sack for three or four days. The location of the grisly find was about 1 kilometre down a small soi and was found after local residents smelt a bad odour.

Police are continuing their investigating.

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WhatsApp stopping support on millions of smartphones – are you affected?

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Tech.ThaiVisa are reporting that WhatsApp has quietly announced that it will stop working on a number of iPhones and Android devices.

The Facebook-owned messaging platform, which boasts 1.5 billion users worldwide, will cut off millions of users from its service within the next two years.

WhatsApp announced the death knell for older smartphones in a blog post titled “support for older operating systems”. In the post, the company reveals that it will stop supporting the following operating systems from 1 Feb 2020:

• Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older
• iOS 7 and older

Anyone using a Nokia S40 has until 31 December 31 2018 to upgrade or lose access to WhatsApp. WhatsApp also warned that while users will still be able to access WhatsApp, some features may stop working in the meantime as they are no longer “actively developing” for the operating systems. While it it was launched back in 2010, Android Gingerbread version 2.3.7 is still used on 6 million phones worldwide.

In December, WhatsApp stopped supporting Blackberry OS and Windows 8.0 and older.
Also no longer supported are:

• Android versions older than 2.3.3
• Windows Phone 8.0 and older
• iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
• Nokia Symbian S60
• BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10

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Thais don’t have enough savings – Gen Y, Gen X

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Most working Thais only enough savings to last them about six months if they stopped working, or became unemployed.  According to a study from the Customer Insights Centre of the Thai Military Bank, the premise particularly affects the Gen Y and Gen x groups.

Generation X – Born: 1966-1976, Generation Y (Echo Boomers or Millennium) – Born: 1977-1994

The study is based on an online survey of working Thais aged 18-54 from the database of 35 million working Thais.

The PBS reports that only 20 percent of the working Thais have enough savings to last more than six months after they stop working, said the study, adding that the problem of not enough savings occurs when Thais start working (Gen Y) and carries on until Gen X. 70 percent who earn more than 30,000 baht a month, mostly private office workers and self-employed, do not have enough savings.

Mr Naris Sathapholdeja, an executive of TMB Analytics, noted that the main factor contributing to spending behavior of Thais was the changing lifestyle toward convenience, comfort, and luxury such as eating out at trendy eateries and indulgence in entertainment.

Meanwhile, Ms Nanthaporn Tangcharoensiri, chief of Customer Experience and Insights, said most Thais tend to spend more than they earn as evident from the fact that more than 50 percent of credit card holders cannot pay their monthly bills and 48 percent resort to installment buying and willing to be charged an interest rate.

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