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No ifs or butts. Smoking ban starts on Patong Beach.

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Patong City Council has designated 20 smoking areas along Patong Beach to comply with the smoking-ban-on-the-beach policy of the Marine and Coastal Resources Department (MCRD).

The Patong City Administration Organisation opened the smoking areas in order to encourage people not to smoke and drop cigarette butts on the beach, and instead support the department’s new policy.

Patong Beach is among the first 24 beaches where the new smoking ban is being introduced around the country through to next February, as the MCRD applies the Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act to enforce the ban.

Violate the ban and you could face punishment of a maximum of one year in jail and/or a fine of up to 100,000 baht.

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebab says her authority had designated the smoking areas along Patong Beach in order to reduce the amount of littered cigarette butts on the beach, prevent disruption to those who don’t smoke and encourage the public to follow the smoking ban on the beach.

All 20 smoking areas are installed with clear signage informing people that they are designated areas where they are allowed to light up.

From the first day’s inspections Mayor Chalermluck says that most locals and tourists were co-operating and smoked only in the designated areas.

However, it is noticeable that there was still a sizable distance between each smoking area and there were still no signs to explain the rule about not smoking on the beach.

“In order to support the policy of a smoking ban on the beach the local authorities are also working with MCRD officers to inform local businesses and tourists about this policy,” the mayor said.

“We’re also going to be distributing leaflets in multiple languages informing about the smoking ban and smoking areas and at the hotels as well,” she added.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Samut Prakan woman bit by snake while using the toilet

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A python bit a woman on her butt and finger while using the toilet at a home in Samut Prakan, southeast of Bangkok. Rescue volunteers were called to her home, who said there was a lot of blood at the scene. The woman was later taken to the hospital.

The incident may sound shocking to some, but in Thailand, reports of snakes biting people who are on the toilet isn’t that uncommon. Snakes wander in sewers, usually hunting down rats, and sometimes enter pipes leading up to the toilet bowls.

Just last month, an 18 year old university in Nonthaburi, a suburb just west of Bangkok, was bitten on his penis by a python that was in the toilet bowl. He had to get 3 stitches. Another man’s penis was bit by a snake while he was using the bathroom last year. He ended up with 15 stitches.

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One more person faces possible life sentence for alleged acts during royal motorcade

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Police have issued an additional arrest warrant for a protester who allegedly attempted to “harm the HM the Queen’s liberty” during a royal motorcade last week. The motorcade happened to be on the same day and same route as a pro-democracy protest in Bangkok. So far, 3 protesters face charges for an alleged “act of violence against the HM the Queen’s liberty” and could face up to life in prison if found guilty.

Suranat Paenprasert, a coordinator for Active Youth, now faces charges of 16 to 20 years in prison, or even up to life in prison, for allegedly violating Section 110 of Thailand’s Criminal Code which prohibits acts of violence against the HM the Queen or Her liberty.

Section 110: Violence against the Queen

Whoever commits an act of violence against the Queen or Her liberty, the Heir-apparent or His liberty, or the Regent or his/her liberty, shall be punished with imprisonment for life or imprisonment of sixteen to twenty years.

2 other protesters, Ekkachai Hongkangwan and Boonkueanoon Paothong, also face the same charges of alleged “violence against the Queen’s liberty” during the royal motorcade. The New York Times reports the “act of violence” was apparently yelling at the royal motorcade. In photos, crowds of protesters were seen on the royal motorcade route holding their hands up in the 3-finger salute, a symbol of defiance.

Many of the protesters were also shouting “our taxes”, in Thai, at the occupants of the yellow Rolls Royce.

Ekkachai and Boonkueanoon may also face charges under Thailand’s lèse majesté law under Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, according to an earlier report from the Bangkok Post. If found guilty, the additional charge would make their punishment more severe.

Section 112: Insulting or Defaming the Royal Family

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.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | New York Times

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From 40 million visitors to 41: first STV tourists arrive

In 2019, almost 40 million tourists arrived in Thailand. Yesterday, it was 41. It was progress of sorts but a long, long way from the 110,000 daily arrivals at the same time last year.

Yesterday, the Kingdom welcomed its first tourists in 7 months, with the arrival of 41 Chinese tourists from Shanghai. The group landed at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on a chartered flight laid on by Spring Airlines, a low-cost Chinese carrier.

The visitors are here on the recently-launched Special Tourist Visa and had to download a special app to track their movements while in Thailand. They were bundled off to their 14 day quarantine before they can explore the rest of the country. The STV grants them a stay of up to 90 days and can be extended twice.

According to the TAT, “Most of them planned to visit the beaches and already reserved hotel rooms.”

For anyone wishing to apply for the STV, your first port of call will be your local Thai Embassy and the thailongstay.co.th website. Good luck!

2 Thai protest leaders immediately re-arrested after being released on bail

To some protest news and authorities have re-arrested 2 of the leaders at the centre of anti-government protests right after they were granted temporary release on bail.

The 2 were being held on charges of violating the State of Emergency and released alongside fellow a fellow protester, after Thammasat University professors paid bail of 200,000 baht for each of them.

But the initial 2 were promptly re-arrested on the basis of another warrant issued by police, this time charged over another mass gathering in violation of the State of Emergency. They are being held pending another detention request being filed by police.

Letter calling for Thai PM’s resignation signed by over 1,000 academics

A petition calling for the resignation of Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, has been signed by up to 1,118 academics and delivered to Government House.

The petition was created by the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights. A group of university lecturers and students have marched to Government House to deliver the letter. In the letter, academics slam the government’s clampdown on an October 16 rally in Bangkok, when police used high power water cannons, allegedly laced with blue-dyed chemical irritants, to disperse protesters at the Pathumwan intersection.

They’re also calling on the Government to refrain from violence when dealing with protesters, to stop the gagging of government critics andto put an end to laws that infringe on freedom of speech.

Protesters are also calling for a re-write of the 2017 Thai Charter (Constitution) and for reforms to the role of the Thai Monarchy.

Khao San Road evolving, all ages daytime event planned for Halloween

Bangkok’s iconic Khao San Road now looks very different as Thailand emerges from the local coronavirus outbreak.

Not only are the backpackers gone from the “backpacker mecca,” but the road in Bangkok’s Banglamphu neighbourhood has gone through a street make-over. Now, Bangkok officials plan to hold events for “all ages” during the daytime during Halloween. But chaos can still be expected at night, even if it’s mostly Thai customers at the moment as Thailand waits for the re-emergence of some sort of tourism industry.

Some 48.4 million baht was poured into a revamp of the “tatty” old Khao San Road, improving the drainage system and levelling out the road and sidewalk. There’s now designated space reserved for emergency vehicles. You’re invited to join in some Halloween celebrations at the new Khao San Road on October 30 and 31… events for kids will start as early as 9.30am.

Up to 5,900 jobs to go as Hong Kong carrier Cathay Dragon shuts down

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is set to close its subsidiary, Cathay Dragon, with the loss of up to 5,900 jobs.

The carrier, that used to be called Dragon Air before being absorbed by Cathay, has become yet another casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic that has decimated the world’s aviation business.

5,300 jobs are expected to go in the airline’s Hong Kong base, with a further 600 axed in their overseas offices and operations. In total some 17% of Cathay’s total workforce. Cathay Dragon primarily operated short-haul routes within Asia, including direct flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok and Phuket

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