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Tropical storm “Tembin” makes its way across the Gulf of Thailand

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Fishermen have been warned of strong winds and high waves in the Gulf of Thailand as the result of typhoon “Tembin”, which has now passed through southern Vietnam yesterday and due to affect the southern coastal areas from Pranchuap Khiri Khan to Songkhla from tomorrow and Thursday.

Payao Muengngam, director of the Southern Meteorological Centre for the east coast, is warning the fishermen along the Gulf of Thailand to be cautious when going out to sea this week. Waves as high as four metres could be expected as typhoon Tembin approaches, while the storm will also dump heavy rain on the entire southern region.

Tropical storm Tembin has already wreaked havoc in The Philippines, killing more than 200 people. Payao said that the typhoon early on Monday had around 130 kilometre-per-hour winds at its centre.

“The riskiest areas that the storm will make landfall will be in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, or the islands of Surat Thani around this Wednesday or Thursday, which will cause heavy rain and strong winds in the affected area,” she said.

“However, we expect that the storm will be weakened by the cold wind from China and if the cold wind is strong enough, it could lessen the severity of this storm to only a low pressure area.”

Meanwhile, Lertchai Sri-anan, adviser to the Royal Irrigation Department (RID), led a videoconference yesterday with regional RID offices, the Meteorological Department and related agencies to discuss preparations for Tembin, which will affect Bangkok as well as the southern provinces.

Weather modelling by the Meteorological Department and Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute indicate that starting on Wednesday the upper part of the country, including the Bangkok Metropolitan area, will receive precipitation, while there will be heavy rain in the South from Prachuap Khiri Khan to Songkhla, said Lertchai.

The RID has instructed regional offices in storm-affected areas to closely monitor the situation and be prepared for heavy rain and flash floods. The RID will also issue weather warnings to local authorities in affected provinces, telling them to warn the public about the coming storm.

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Protester released from remand prison, demands Thai PM’s resignation by 10pm tonight

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Protesters are continuing to pour on the pressure, now demanding the resignation of the Thai PM by 4pm this afternoon. Following the prime minister’s speech to the nation on Wednesday evening, protesters had earlier said they would “stand down” and shuffled their deadline forward for the PM’s resignation to Sunday night.

But last night anti-government protesters set a 10pm deadline tonight for the resignation.

Chatupat Boonpatthararaksa, aka. Pai Daodin, freed from the Bangkok Remand Prison yesterday after a hearing by the Appeals Court, demanded the release of all remanded protesters and announced his demand for PM Prayut’s resignation. Protesters are demanding the release of 8 other key protest leaders, still being held at the prison – Parit Chivarak, Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul and Panupong Jardnok,aka. Mike Rayong.

Chatupat joined other protesters who were camped outside the prison. Word spread of Chatupat’s release and even more people joined in the protest, until the entire road outside the prison was completely blocked. The protesters had cleared by 5am this morning, allowing traffic to pass again.

The spontaneous demonstration involved drawings of other prisoners, still in detention, as well as likenesses of the Thai PM, scrawled onto white cloth. There was also music and the singing of anti-government songs, and peppered with speeches.

The demands of the protesters for a resignation of Prayut Chan-o-cha by 10pm is unlikely to be met, nor the other deadline, set for “Sunday night”. The Thai Parliament enters 2 days of emergency joint sitting on Monday and Tuesday as they address the current political impasse.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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A man has been found hanged in Phuket Town apartment yesterday. Police are treating the cases as a suicide at the moment.

The man was found hanged from the apartment’s ceiling fan. His lifeless body was discovered around 11am after neighbours complained to the manager about the smell coming from the man’s room.

Police and the local Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers attended the scene. Police later confirmed the incident happened in room on the 3rd floor of an apartment lock in Soi Phoonphol Soi 1, Talat Nuea in Phuket Town. Police said the man was 35-45 years of age and had a 29 year old girlfriend from Chumphon. He was paying 1,000 baht a month and had been renting the room for 2 months. Police estimate that the man had been dead for at least 3 days.

Police told media that the man had used, what appeared to be a dress, tied around his neck and then to the room’s roof fan. The apartment manager told police that he had been late on on his recent rent, speculating that the man may have been suffering financial hardship.

The man’s identity has not been released at this stage.

His body was taken to Vachira Hospital for an autopsy.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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Close encounter of the Royal kind – Thai King and Queen stop to praise a royal supporter

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It was a rare moment that has shocked royal supporters, in the best way possible, as the Royal couple turned on the charm after a merit-making ceremony last night.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida stepped away from the traditional royal protocol after last night’s official ceremony, stopping briefly to single out a man who was with a small yellow-clad crowd who had assembled outside the Grand Palace. Their Majesties presided over a merit-making ceremony on Friday night for the public holiday in commemoration of King Chulalongkorn

Well wishers were shocked when both the Thai King and Queen appeared to recognise a man who made headlines in Thai media last week when he held up a portrait of HM’s parents, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Queen Mother Sirikit, in a show of defiance in the middle of an anti-government protest.

The man held the portrait high in the air, held his ground and berated the protesters. He said at the time that he wanted to show solidarity for royal supporters in reaction to the anti-government protests that had been rising in support since July.

HM the King approached and thanked the man, Thitiwat Tanagaroon, for his actions as the rest of the crowd yelled “Long live Their Majesties” (in Thai).

Posting on his Facebook page, Thitiwat recalled the few moments he is unlikely to forget when HM the Queen recognised him from media exposure of the anti-government protest event, and turned to explain to the King that he was the same man who had held up the royal portrait outside the Central Pinklao shopping centre.

Thai media report that the Queen said… “I grant you my support. Thank you very much.”

His Majesty then added, “Very brave. So good. Thank you.”

His Majesty then placed his hand on the man’s shoulder. Thitiwat responded “Long live the King. This is a very great honour for me.”

Thitiwat later posted on his Facebook page… “I am fainting. Their Majesties recognised me. This is the best moment in my life,”

He posted the photo of the King touching his shoulder as the Queen looked on smiling. Overcome with the moment, Thitirat was consoled by the rest of the band of royal supporters.

The posts and video clips instantly went viral on social media last night. The hashtags #FightOnYourMajesty and #WeLoveThaiMonarchy were trending on Twitter last night, pushing aside the #PrayutGetOut and similar hashtags that had been trending over recent weeks.

Royalists have been coming out in staged shows of support to show support for the Thai monarchy and counter the growing support of the recent Thai protest movement. The anti-government protesters have included demands for reform to the role of the Head of State, but have made it clear they don’t want to “get rid of the King”, a common rhetoric of Thai royalists, but instead want to codify the role of the Thai monarch, with limits on the monarch’s power, in a new Thai constitution.

The ‘Royal rallies’. also growing in number, have been in response to the ongoing anti-government demonstrations around the country.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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