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Motorcyclist killed in Patong Hill accident

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A female motorbike driver has died after she lost control of her vehicle and collided with two cars on Patong Hill early Sunday (July 1).

Kathu Police were notified of the accident on a curve on Phra Baramee Road at 4am.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a Honda motorbike, whose driver was later identified as 32 year old Tippawan Sangmanee from Loei, northeast of Thailand. Ms Tippawan was taken to Patong Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

A Nissan car and its driver, 24 year old Atitayut Sukguea, was found nearby. He hadn’t sustained any injures. No alcohol was found during a subsequent breath test.

A Toyota car whose driver was 41 year old Pohnthep Sangjan was also found nearby. No alcohol was found in his breath test either.

Kathu Police report that Ms Tippawan was driving her motorbike, heading east from Patong to Kathu. When she arrived at the scene, near the Patong City sign, she lost control of her motorbike and skid 50 metres along the road. She was then hit by the two cars which were travelling in the opposite lane.

Kathu Police have already submitted documents to the Patong Hospital for Ms Tippawan’s alcohol blood test. They noted that the road conditions were quite poor with light rain and slippery roads at the time of the incident.

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Ceremony marks 6 months since Thai activist’s disappearance in Cambodia

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It’s been 6 months since Thai pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit disappeared in Cambodia. Many, including his family, claim the activist was abducted. The Human Rights Watch says the 37 year old was seen being forced into a vehicle in front of his Phnom Penh apartment in June.

A Buddhist ceremony was held today outside the activist’s apartment, marking 6 months since the disappearance. Monks chanted and scattered sacred water. The activist’s sister, Sitanun, attended the ceremony and called on authorities to solve the case.

“We do not know the perpetrator; however it is the duty and responsibility of authorities both in Cambodia and Thailand to find the truth.”

Wanchalearm fled Thailand after the 2014 military coup. He was accused of violating Thailand’s strict lèse majesté law. Since the coup, at least 8 other self-exiled Thai activists have disappeared from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Some were found dead. Thai authorities deny any involvement with the disappearances.

Not much has been said by authorities regarding the activist’s disappearance. In past interviews, Cambodian police have said that they are unaware about a kidnapping. Cambodian police declined to comment when reached by Reuters reporters. Thailand’s embassy in Phnom Penh says they’re following the case, but couldn’t comment on details because it is “under legal process.”

Sitanun says she will appear in Phnom Penh court on December 8. She says she has photos and videos that show her brother was in the city when he disappeared.

SOURCE: Reuters

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Man sets himself on fire at Chon Buri market, 3 others injured

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A man set himself on fire at a Chon Buri seafood restaurant in the Angsila district. 3 people were injured and treated at a local hospital after trying to put out the flames, reports say.

The man allegedly poured a gallon of oil on himself and set himself on fire using a cigarette lighter. Reports say he was seriously injured.

Video footage shows a burst of flames with people fleeing the shop, some rolling on the floor to extinguish the fire.

The video is graphic. To watch the clip, click HERE.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Greenpeace Thailand names 5 local companies “top plastic polluters”

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After collecting thousands of pieces of plastic waste, Greenpeace Thailand found that the majority of the trash comes from 5 Thai Companies, naming them the “top plastic polluters.”

Volunteers from Greenpeace collected plastic waste from Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai and Wonnapa beach in Chon Buri. Out of the 13,001 pieces of plastic was collected, they say most of the waste traced back to 5 Thai companies: CP Group (which operates Thailand’s 7-Eleven convenience stores), Dutch Mill Company, Osotspa (which produces M-150 drinks), TCP Group and Lactasoy.

This is the third year that Greenpeace Thailand and each year they find the same types of plastic from the same companies, according to leader of the organisation’s “Plastic Project” Pichmol Rugrod. The CP Group was named the top polluter for the second year in a row.

“Single-use plastic has devastating effects not only to nature but to frontline communities as well. There will be no solutions to the plastic crisis unless there is a plan to urgently reduce plastic production and consumption.”

“In addition, corporations must take full responsibility for the pollution they have caused, taking into account the externalised cost of their single-use plastic products- such as the cost of waste collection treatment, their continued contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and the irreparable environmental damage that will continue to harm people and biodiversity for years to come.”

Director of Thailand’s Ecological Alert and Recovery, Penchom Saetang, says the Thai government needs to step up plastic waste management and motivate companies to reduce single-use plastic products.

SOURCE: Greenpeace Thailand

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