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Porntip slams “autocrats’

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PHUKET: Dr Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan has rounded on “the autocrats” she says have forced her to close the mortuary at Wat Yan Yao, Phang Nga, where she and her team had been working to identify victims of the tsunami.

The work has now been transferred to Phuket, to the Thai Tsunami Victim Identification Centre (TTVI), headed by Pol Gen Nopadol Soomboonsub.

Dr Porntip told reporters it had not been her decision to close the mortuary – on February 3 – nor did it mean the task of identifying the bodies was by any means over.

“The autocrats have forced me to close the mortuary at Wat Yan Yao. They told me that my forensic task was illegal. So I will fade away, as the law demands,” she said.

Dr Porntip said there were still many bodies, believed to be of Thai people, in refrigerated containers at Wat Yan Yao, because DNA samples from them have not yet been compared with those of living relatives.

And, she said, “I do not think the TTVI can handle this task, or is equipped to compare DNA from the bodies of Thai people with that of relatives. The TTVI is staffed by Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) officers from many countries.”

Dr Porntip said she had agreed in principle, before the mortuary was closed, that the task of identifying Thai dead should be left to Thai investigators, while foreign forensic teams should identify foreigners.

She said, “My team was ready to help the TTVI identify Thai corpses. At times like this, we should work together, and we should not think about state agencies vying for honor or power.

“We should not leave it up to foreign teams to carry out this task; Thai people should be given the chance to identify Thai bodies.” She added that the Indonesian government was not relying solely on foreign DVI teams to identify bodies.

She added that her work matched international standards, and her team comprised qualified, experienced people.

The renowned forensic scientist was speaking during a night out in Phuket, where she and her team relaxed before leaving for Bangkok.

The 170 scientisits – who had worked without a break since arriving in Phang Nga after the tsunami – had a buffet at Krua Ta-Yai restaurant.

This was followed by a karaoke session, during which Dr Khunying Porntip took to the stage to sing the international hit The wind beneath my wings.

A member of the team then presented a bouquet of flowers to Dr Porntip – who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “We will bring them home”.

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Police

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after a viral video clip in local social media.

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling? | The Thaiger

by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash | The Thaiger

A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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