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One dead, one injured in Kalim motorcycle/van crash

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One dead, one injured in Kalim motorcycle/van crash | The Thaiger

A crash between a van and a motorcycle in Kalim has resulted in one casualty and another critically injured.

The accident occurred in front of Soi Phra Baramee 7 on Phra Baramee Road, Kalim yesterday. Police found the yellow plate van driver, Suthep Yoosuk, and a French man, Dault Julien Sebastian, who rode the motorcycle, and Lamprai Pako who sat behind him on the motorcycle.

The French man was critically injured and died later at Patong Hospital whilst the woman was injured.

At the scene, police also found a green plate Mitsubishi taxi driven by Abdullah Yusoh and spoke to him.

After an initial investigation, police have been told that the van was coming from Kalim heading towards Kamala. The French man stopped the motorcycle in the middle of the road waiting to make a turn.

Suthep tried to overtake another motorcycle but missed it and hit the motorcycle with the pair causing it to lose control and crash into the green plate taxi which was coming from Kamala towards Patong.

The motorcyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet

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Is it a motorcycle? Is it a delivery? Is it a taxi? No, it’s Line Man

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Line Man, part of the Line message App universe of services, is cutting  into other well-known brands in the Thai market by providing a variety of services, including food delivery, taxi-hailing, parcel and convenience goods. But Line is able to expand its businesses based on its already huge subscriber base in Thailand.

Lin is the most popular messaging App used in Thailand and is a subsidiary of Korean internet search giant Naver. The Line messenger app was launched in 2012 in Thailand and has grown into the leading social media platform with 44 million users, nearly two thirds of the country’s population.

Now the local unit of the company has created a unique service called Line Man. It was first launched in 2016 as a food delivery service but has now grown into a broader service delivering groceries, food, documents and packages to customers by motorcycle riders.

Line Thailand CEO Phichet Rerkpreecha says they used Bangkok’s notorious road congestion to find a business model different from their competitors.

“We were not the first to look into food delivery services but are the first to solve the problem of getting street food to customers. Traditional food delivery was back then only for restaurants, but we focused on street food,” he said.

Line Man is also used by many small companies especially in the e-commerce sector to save delivery time around the city and plans to expand to grocery services later this year.

“Beyond food delivery and parcels, Thai users have been very creative in using Line Man. We found Line Man is used to hold a table at a restaurant until customers come. At some very popular restaurants, reservations can be canceled if a client is late.”

Line Man’s food delivery business is operated in partnership with local food tech firm Wongnai, which has the largest food database in Thailand.

“The services are currently available in Bangkok and three adjunct cities. We will start operations in Pattaya City soon and plan to expand into other cities.”

Is it a motorcycle? Is it a delivery? Is it a taxi? No, it's Line Man | News by The Thaiger

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Southern insurgency suspect dies after 35 days in coma

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Abdulloh Esor Musor, left in a coma after being interrogated at a notorious southern Thai detention centre in Pattani, died yesterday, as pressure mounts on the Thai army to release further findings of a probe into the case.

The man, a suspected insurgent allegedly tortured during his brief military custody being questioned after his arrest on July 20, died yesterday morning (Sunday).

Read the earlier Thaiger story HERE.

He was rushed, unconscious, to Pattani provincial hospital the day following his arrest and then moved to Songkhlanagarind Hospital in Songkhla, just to the north.

In a statement the hospital said that the patient was pronounced dead at 4.03am on Sunday morning. The statement claims he died from “severe pneumonia and septic shock”.

According to the statement, the condition of Abdulloh, who never regained consciousness since leaving the Ingkhayuth interrogation centre, remained comatose but stable until 48 hours ago when his condition worsened.

34 year old Abdulloh was taken into military custody after southern security officials allege he was involved in violent incidents in the south.

The military at the interrogation centre responded at the time that the suspect fell unconscious. An investigation was ordered into the incident, the result of which remains unknown.

At the time several news outlets claimed that Abdulloh had been tortured using suffocation.

A long-simmering rebellion against Thai rule in the Malay Muslim-majority “Deep South” on Malaysia’s border has left nearly 7,000 dead – the majority civilians – since 2004.

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New Robinsons Tower in Singapore reaches for the sky with a green thumb

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Thailand’s capital could never be accused of having one of the world’s most interesting skylines. Except for maybe the Mahanakorn ‘lego building’, there is little cutting edge skyline architecture in Bangkok.

It’s a different case a few hours flight south in the Lion City, Singapore.

Pushing all sort of limits is the new Robinson Tower in the CBD. The first impression is of the upper section floating above the lower, with a leafy garden flowing between the two.

A closer inspection reveals a core that provides the backbone fo the entire structure. The twenty floors of offices also has a terraced rooftop garden.

Designed by New York’s Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the tower is also home to retail and food outlets in the lower section of the building, all arranged around another greenspace in a central atrium.

The architects say the design was influenced by Singapore’s Landscape Replacement Policy, which requires developers to incorporate publicly accessible green spaces equal in area to any greenery removed to develop the property.

“The dynamic tower frees itself from the canyon of stoic facades, integrating green space at unique vantage points and ultimately cultivating the public realm alongside a boutique, mixed-use program,” said Bruce Fisher, design director at KPF.

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