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Black box recovered as probe begins into cause of Vichai crash

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Black box recovered as probe begins into cause of Vichai crash | The Thaiger

UK Air accident investigators have begun the slow process of ascertaining the cause of the helicopter crash on Saturday that took the lives of King Power chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people.

The sombre inquiry coincided with the opening of a book of condolences at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, where fans flocked to leave tributes to the man who transformed their club, their city and left them with possibly the greatest fairytale success story in the history of English football.

Investigators have already ruled out the presence of a police drone as the cause of the horrific accident in the club’s car park. Police did, however, move to dispel talk that one of their drones had been involved.

They said on their Twitter page that their drone had not been in flight when the helicopter left the stadium.

Leicestershire Police have handed over responsibility for the inquiry to the Department of Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which investigates all civil aircraft accidents in Britain.

“We have recovered the digital flight data recorder (black box) and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with it,” said the AAIB.

“Our inspectors … will today start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire.

“Our inspectors are continuing to work with the police on site. We expect to be here until the end of the week, at which point we will transport the wreckage to our specialist facilities in Farnborough for more detailed examination. In the meantime, we are still gathering evidence as part of our investigation.”

The helicopter came down in a car park outside the ground about an hour after the end of a Premier League match. Police have named the other deceased as passengers Izabela Roza Lechowiczas, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, plus pilot Eric Swaffer.

The Italian maker of the helicopter, Leonardo SpA, has already announced it is ready to assist the investigation.

Thousands of Leicester fans, as well as the club’s players and members of Vichai’s family, have already been to the ground to lay toys, scarves and wreaths in tribute to the beloved owner, who took over the club in 2010 and oversaw their incredible rise from the second tier to Premier League title winners in 2016.

Leicester had been due to play a Cup match overnight but it was postponed and it is not yet certain that Sunday’s Premier League game away to Cardiff will go ahead.

Original story HERE.

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Dog cloning service in China starts at 1.8 million baht

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Dog cloning service in China starts at 1.8 million baht | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Reuters, Newsbook

Meet Juice or “Guozhi” in Mandarin, a small one foot tall mongrel stray adopted from the streets turned into Chinese movie star. The nine year old canine actor was neutered at an early age and is unable to reproduce but as they say “the show must go on”.

Introducing “Sinogene”, China’s first biotech company offering animal cloning services. In May last year the company successfully cloned a gene-edited beagle and made headlines, and a month later the service was made available to anyone, for a price.

Starting from US$55,065 your dog can live now live forever too (well, it’s not actually the same dog, but a genetic copy with identical DNA).

Sinogene collects skin samples from the dogs lower abdomen and within a few weeks they are able to isolate his DNA and fertilise an egg, which is then surgically inserted into the uterus of a surrogate mother dog.

Dog cloning service in China starts at 1.8 million baht | News by The Thaiger

Little Juice during his first month spent in the lab, guarded by his surrogate mother. 

‘Little Juice’ (Juices clone) was born in mid-September and stayed with the surrogate mother for about a month inside Sinogene’s lab. The puppy was then presented to its owner at a small ceremony, in which ‘Juice’ was present.

More and more progress is being made in the cloning field, where last year a Shanghai lab produced the worlds first monkey clones of two long-tailed macaques. Last month He Jiankui of China’s Southern University of Science and Technology claimed he had used gene-editing to modify the embryonic genes of twin girls, to great controversy. In this case the scientists claim they were able to produce an HIV-immune baby.

In China the biotech industry is growing very rapidly, and currently faces relatively few regulations and barriers compared to the West. Due to the high profit margin and the image of this very high-tech technology the government has proven to be supportive of this industry, so far.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Foreign Ministry assisting wife of Thai slain in France

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Foreign Ministry assisting wife of Thai slain in France | The Thaiger

Thai Foreign Ministry officials are working with French authorities to assist the wife of a Thai tourist who was among three people killed by a gunman last night at a famous Strasbourg Christmas market in France.

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaksat says the Thai embassy in Paris had reported the death of 45 year old Anupong Suebsamarn, and contacted his wife, Naiyana, to offer help.

Busadee said Anupong and his wife had just arrived in France and planned to visit Strasbourg and Paris.

She said the embassy had contacted the Thai expatriate community in Strasbourg to coordinate with local authorities and take care of Naiyana while she was waiting to reclaim the body.

The embassy has also been in close contact with police in Strasbourg and will provide legal assistance to her.

Officials from the Thai consular office would travel to Strasbourg on Wednesday, Busadee added.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Nation

More about the Strasbourg shootings HERE.

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Want that perfect picture? Just wait your turn.

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Want that perfect picture? Just wait your turn. | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Tomas Alfoldi

In this modern day of social media it seems so many are out to get that ‘perfect shot’, and will go to great lengths to get it. Seeing a picture of someone perched on some isolated cliff overlooking some natural wonder and thinking to yourself  ‘I’ve got to get that picture!’.

We’re often confronted with the challenge of arriving at iconic tourist locations and being faced with the challenge of finding a small sliver of space in which to take a picture while cutting out all other tourists. For some pictures though you may need a lot of clear space to get THAT profile pic that puts your friends to shame. So what do we do?

Wait in line and be patient.

Roy’s Peak, in Wanaka, New Zealand has become famous for its set-piece location, and an image of one tourist’s battle to obtain his own pic and the realities he faced, has been trending on social media.

The New Zealand’s Department of Conservation said that due to the massive spike in popularity thanks to social media, the Peak had seen an increase of over 10% in visitors over the last two years.

Online comments hold concern for the preservation of the park and the Department of Conservation have asked all visitors to be considerate of the wildlife and make sure one is fully equipped and fit for the hike.

It seems The Peak is not the only location with line ups, here is another picture from Sai Wan Swimming Shed in Hong Kong.

Have you come across this in your travels? SEND in your pictures so we can them with everyone.

Want that perfect picture? Just wait your turn. | News by The Thaiger

PHOTO: Kenny Lee

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