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  1. British baron’s daughter shot dead in Philippines amid drug war View the full article
  2. HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced nine people to death for heroin trafficking. The state-run online newspaper Zing says ringleader Trang A Tang and eight other Vietnamese nationals were convicted of trafficking 626 kilograms (1,379 pounds) of heroin from Laos and Thailaand into Vietnam between 2009 until the ring members were arrested in 2013. The People’s Court in Bac Ninh province handed them death sentences Wednesday at the end of a four-day trial. Three others, including Tang’s wife and father, were given life in prison on the same charges. Court officials were not immediately available for comment. Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws, with the trading or trafficking of at least 100 grams of heroin punishable by death. Report shared by HanoiJack View the full article
  3. The daughter of a late British baron has been killed in the Philippines which is fighting a war on drugs. Maria Aurora Moynihan’s body was found on the street on 20 September next to a sign reading “drug pusher to the celebrities you’re next!” Baron Anthony Moynihan was linked to drug smuggling, fraud and prostitution. More than 3,000 people with alleged links to drug use or dealing have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in June. Mr Duterte, who once promised to kill 100,000 criminals, has brushed off criticism of the bloody crackdown, including by the UN, which said the killings could be crimes under international law, the US, and numerous human rights bodies. Full report and gallery at BangkokJack View the full article
  4. Ayutthaya ferry disaster from the inside THE CAPTAIN who operated the passenger boat that sank in Thailand’s Chao Phraya river over the weekend has been arrested for violating navigation laws, local authorities say, as the death toll climbed to at least 27 people. According to local media, initial investigations into the incident revealed that the captain did not hold a valid license to operate the vessel. The AFP quoted Ayutthaya deputy governor Rewat Prasong as saying that the captain faces charges including having an expired licence and allowing too many passengers on board and negligence that led to death. “We are still looking for three people – two women and a girl – who have been reported missing by relatives,” he was quoted saying. There’s more…. Full report shared by BangkokJack View the full article
  5. OVERCROWDING, the lack of sufficient life vests and a submerged pole in the river were factors in Sunday’s boat accident in the Chao Phaya River in the province of Ayutthaya, the Cabinet heard yesterday. Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith had informed the Cabinet about factors behind the capsizing, as the death toll rose to 28 yesterday. “That pole is for a temple pier. When the water level in the river is not high, the pole is visible. But when the waters rise, it is submerged,” Sansern said. The boat’s captain, who is now facing charges, said his vessel hit the pole before capsizing. It is estimated that more than 100 people may have been on the ferry known as Sombatmongkonchai when it partially sank. The boat, which was hired by a group of Thai-Muslims for a religious trip, capsized late in the afternoon on its return journey. There’s more… Full report shared by BangkokJack View the full article
  6. At 9pm, on the evening of September 20, Pattaya police and rescue services received reports of yet another fatal collision between a pick-up truck and motorbike. This time the accident happened in front of the Rattanakorn Market on Thepprasit Road, south Pattaya. Ms Sompong Petchdee, a witness, said that the motorbike was heading to the Grand Condominium intersection when the pick up truck pulled out of the market and directly into his path. There was nothing the rider could do to avoid the collision. Sawang Boriboon medics could do nothing to save the life of the rider, twenty-five-year old Mr. Siricchai Saetang. The pick-up driver was thirty-year-old Mr Prachya Tanchaiya Report shared by Pattaya One News Team View the full article
  7. A provocative theatre troupe is again under scrutiny from the junta, saying it was told Tuesday that soldiers will be dispatched to watch their play tomorrow evening. Director Teerawat “Ka-ge” Mulvilai of B-Floor’s production “Fundamental” said he was notified by staff at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre this morning that when the play is staged Wednesday, representatives from the military would be there to watch. Khaosod English wrote Sunday about B-Floor and the play, an abstract physical performance without narrative or dialogue. “I don’t know what they’re worried about,” Ka-ge said Tuesday afternoon. “Our play talks about violence done by humans to one another and does not criticize society’s structure or any authority specifically.” B-Floor member Ornanong “Golf” Thaisriwong said that soldiers arrived Tuesday to watch the show, unaware it was not performed on Mondays and Tuesdays. This won’t be the first time B-Floor has been visited by the junta. Last year, Golf’s one-woman show “Bang La Merd” at Thong Lor Art Space was attended by two army officers who filmed all but the final two shows. Report shared by Khaosod English View the full article
  8. A British activist who campaigned for better rights for workers in Thailand’s fruit industry has expressed “complete shock” after being found guilty on Tuesday of defamation and computer crimes. A court in the Thai capital, Bangkok, gave Andy Hall, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, a three-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay a £3,300 fine. In 2013, Hall had contributed research to a report by Finnish campaign group, Finnwatch, alleging abuses of workers’ rights. The report, Cheap has a High Price, claimed that workers at the Natural Fruit company’s pineapple processing plant in central Thailand were being paid less than the minimum wage, working long hours, and had had their passports confiscated. Natural Fruit, one of the world’s largest fruit exporters, denied the allegations and brought charges against Hall as he was living in Thailand. There’s more…. Full report shared by BangkokJack View the full article
  9. A nephew of junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha received nearly 27 million baht in contracts from the army region his father once commanded, an investigative news agency reported Monday. The revelations by Isra News that the contracts awarded to a firm owned by Pathompol Chan-ocha prompted fresh allegations of nepotism from critics of the junta, while Pathompol’s father, Gen. Preecha Chan-ocha, said there’s nothing wrong with the arrangement. “I didn’t get involved at all, and I didn’t use any influence. It’s about what my son did. I didn’t get involved,” Preecha told reporters Monday. There’s more…. Full report shared by BangkokJack View the full article
  10. One of Hollywood’s highest profile marriages is over. Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. According to the court documents, the pair separated on September 15, two years and one month after they married in August 2014. Jolie is seeking physical custody of their six children and asking the court to grant Pitt visitation. She is also asking to keep “miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects” as well as any earnings from after the date of their separation and other separate assets to be determined later. Read the Jolie-Pitt divorce documents Already there is speculation that a tabloid-friendly, child-unfriendly custody battle may ensue over their six children. But a source close to them asserted that both sides want a cordial breakup. “Other than the fame of the people involved, this is like so many other divorces,” the source said. “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” Pitt said Tuesday in a statement to CNN. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.” There’s more…. Full report shared by BangkokJack View the full article
  11. Scorpions returning to Bangkok on 26th October After over 100 million records sold, 18 studio albums, six concert albums and seven compilations recorded, and countless memories made on world tours, Scorpions will be returning to Bangkok, Thailand on 26th October 2016 for their long anticipated 50th Anniversary World Tour. Formed in 1965 in Hannover, Germany, the Scorpions have produced gut busting, hard rock music that fans cannot help to headbang to. Comprised of the talents of Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), the band has seen a wildly successful career. With their record, they are undisputably the most outstanding band in continental Europe to date. In 2010, the band entertained the notion of retirement but realised, soon after, that they still had lots to offer their fans. As they have seen such success in Germany and across the globe, it seemed too soon to throw in the towel. So back with fire in their belly, Scorpions is on tour again with their newest album, “Return to Forever.” The album, the band’s eighteenth, is a remarkable collection. Instead of releasing an album of brand new tracks, the friends went back to their archives and spent some time with their unreleased music. While keeping with the original spirit of the songs, Scorpions rewrote some of the lyrics and updated musical parts to transform them into a vivid assortment of snapshots of their musical career. Ultimately, the band recorded 19 songs altogether. Twelve of which are on the album, sixteen on the Deluxe Edition. They all present the Scorpions at the peak of their creativity once again. Tracks like the first single “We Built This House” are as contemporary as the sweeping “House Of Cards” (a guaranteed live hit). Also belonging in the category live hit is “Eye Of The Storm”, a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing the Scorpions’ stage performances. Fans were disappointed to hear about the band’s potential break up in 2010, the same year Scorpions was inducted to the Hollywood Rock Hall of Fame. Fortunately for them, the boys felt like their work was not done yet and have put together an exciting performance of fresh music reminiscent of their heyday in the 80s. Both old and new fans will be transported to the pinnacle of hard rock through this tour. Do not miss a chance to experience this rare opportunity. Stay tuned for more updates on https://www.the-scorpions.com. Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour Live in Bangkok Date : 26th October 2016, Wednesday Time : 8pm Venue : Bitec Hall 102-103, Bangkok Ticket Pricing : 8000 Baht / 5200 Baht / 4200 Baht / 3200 Baht / 2200 Baht / 1200 Baht Ticketing Details: www.thaiticketmajor.com; Hotline: 02 262 3456 VIP Premium Package (8,000 Baht) includes: 1) 1 x VIP ticket with premium view at A4 2) Exclusive VIP Entrance 3) Free flow finger food & beverage served in the VIP zone before the show. 4) Complimentary Scorpions Souvenir View the full article
  12. A British rights activist was found guilty by a Thai court on Tuesday of criminal defamation and given a three-year suspended sentence, a move rights groups said sets a worrying precedent. The Bangkok South Criminal Court found Andy Hall of the Migrant Worker Rights Network guilty of defaming Natural Fruit Company, a large pineapple wholesaler that supplies the EU, over a report published in 2013 that he helped author for Finnwatch, a Finland-based watchdog group. The report alleged labour abuses detailed at a processing plant owned by the firm and led to several companies terminating their contracts with Natural Fruits. The court found Hall guilty of criminal defamation and computer crimes and sentenced Hall to four years in prison but it reduced the sentence by one year “due to his history of doing public good and his record as a rights defender”, a judge said. The court will suspend the sentence, the judge said, meaning Hall will be free unless he breaks the law during that period. Thailand’s harsh defamation and cybercrime laws have drawn criticism from rights groups concerned about curbs on freedom of speech in the military-run country. The court said in its ruling that Hall in his report for Finnwatch did not interview a large enough sample size. It said the investigation by state auditors found no widespread abuses at Natural Fruit Company and that Hall did not give the company enough time to respond before submitting the report to Finnwatch. Hall was not immediately available to comment. “The verdict against Andy Hall sends a chilling effect to the human rights community in Thailand,” Sunai Phasuk, a Thailand researcher for Human Rights Watch said. Finnwatch said it would continue to stand by Hall. “Finnwatch was able to speak to Andy who despite this shock ruling was in relatively good spirits,” Finnwatch said in a statement following the verdict. The NGO added that Hall is expected to travel to Finland on Thursday for talks with Finnish companies and media. Report shared by BangkokJack View the full article
  13. A worker was injured on Tuesday when a crane truck overturned while working in the Government House compound. The worker whose name was not revealed was sent to a nearby hospital. The accident also damaged three cars parked in the area. View the full article
  14. A road accident involving 18 vehicles of different kinds took place on the road between Na Sarn district and Surat Thani Monday morning but, fortunately, there was no death. The pile-up apparently stemmed from a cement mixer truck whose driver lost control causing the truck to climb on the road island. A huge crane was then brought in to remove the truck from the road island. The cement mixer truck was freed from the road island and as it was moving slowly followed by several other cars, a trailer truck laden with mineral ores was descending from a steep road. The trailer truck failed to stop and slammed into the rear of a car which was moving slowly in a row almost bumper to bumper, resulting in a pile-up involving altogether 18 vehicles. Several people were injured but there was no death. Police and rescue officials took about three hours to remove the vehicles and debris from the road before it was reopened to traffic. Report shared by BangkokJack View the full article
  15. Fifteen Thai youths aged between 10-14 die every ten days from motorcycle accidents or about 700 deaths each year, said Dr Adisak Plitpolkarnpim, director of Ramathibodi Hospital’s Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Centre (CSIP), on Monday. CSIP has produced a video clip showing motorcycle accidents involving Thai youngsters with an aim to promote safety among young Thais travelling in motorbikes. The clip which was posted in the social media has, so far, attracted many viewers. Dr Adisak said that parents were responsible for death and injury of the young victims but he didn’t want to put all the blame on them. All those people who saw the underaged riding on the pillions of motorcycles or who ride the bikes and did nothing about it are to blame, he added. According to statistics, he said over 15,800 Thai youngsters were injured and about 700 killed each year from motorcycle accidents. The death toll will increase to 31 in ten days during long vacation or festivals such as New Year and Songkran. Dr Adisak noted that casualties from motorcycle accidents involving youngsters aged under 15 tend to increase every year, making Thailand the world’s Number One with the highest death toll from accidents involving motorcycles. Report shared by BangkokJack View the full article
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