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  2. a thief is always a thief and would always find a way to steal...but don't make it for him/her by not paying attention to your belongings!
  3. Do they have card paying food courts in Quito?
  4. he should come to walking st , some stunners in the Russian go gos and wont end up costing him 10% of his fortune
  5. I would be concerned about the scamming, but the stupid act of stealing the boat if he did is another thing. I had an accident last year after my foot slipped while backing out of my house causing damage to the neighbours parked car, which was new. Just a dent in the rear quarter. I ended up paying her, alongside the insurance rep 100,000 Thai baht. I had witnesses and she signed a receipt for full payment of damages written in Thai and English. Now one year later the insurance rep rang my Thai wife and threatened her with court action if we did not pay him 70,000 Bht more, He claimed we did not pay the 100,000 to the owner of the vehicle. We sent him the bank records and told him to talk to our witness who is like the village headman. Never heard from him again. I suspect the insurance mans company repaired the vehicle and the assessor said it was a hit and run, then they pocketed the 100k or the owner of the vehicle pocketed the 100k and claimed we never paid her. Lucky we kept records or might have been more trouble. So the boat guy was stupid, and has left himself wide open to extortion.
  6. That’s not the best bit. The Statute of Limitations for any crime, including obstruction of justice resets the clock ticking each time the perp commits or attempts to re-commit a crime. Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice are continually resetting the clock against him.
  7. FA Youth Cup Final Citeh 1-1 LFC....LFC win 5-3 on pens. A tale of two 'Poachers'....In 2016, Citeh stole a promising young keeper from LFC named Louie Moulden, on the grounds that his aul fella was at the club. Year or so later, LFC reciprocate, nicking Bobby Duncan from Citeh as Steve G was his cousin. They met tonight....see vid below. Reckon LFC got the better deal!
  8. The need for a building permit and/or the process for approval is dependent upon who is behind the project. There's a large resort in Patong that's now building some bungalows for sale on their property way, way above the 80 meter limit. That same resort was called into question a few years back when some Burmese workers were killed during construction. Madame Mayor foolishly commented she wasn't sure the resort had a building permit when questioned by the media. Never heard a peep about a building permit or the supposedly dodgy land title after that.
  9. The 'Weekly' inspire mailto is a round up of what's on, what to see, and what to do in Thailand. Email not displaying correctly View web version www.inspirebangkok.com What to do • Where to go • Bangkok Weekly Newsletter Welcome to the Inspire-eMagazine eNewsletter • Events and offers from Pattaya, Bangkok, Koh Chang, Hua Hin and all over Thailand • Find out what's on near you TOP STORIES•FOOD & DRINK• HEALTH & BEAUTY•BUSINESS •THAILAND LIFE• EXPATS• SPORTS•PROPERTY Top Stories Guest Vlog Dead Farang – Balut – Delicacy or Disgusting? You Decide! This blog has been provided by Dan About Thailand BLOG for Inspire. Dan about Thailand is delighted to have teamed up with Dead Farang and will be sharing all their latest vlogs every time they are publish... Read More On The Town amBar Pool Party at Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok - 4th May 2019 Get a beat on and ready to get wet! 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  10. Yup, pretty soon they will be accused of illegally attaching a winged keel to the seastead.
  11. Defiant Thanathorn returns, to submit defence with EC next week Firebrand leader of Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit expressed confidence tonight that he would not be penalized by the Election Commission in connection with the allegation that he breached the Constitution and the election by holding shares in a media firm while registering for the March-24 election. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1097067-defiant-thanathorn-returns-to-submit-defence-with-ec-next-week/
  12. Defiant Thanathorn returns, to submit defence with EC next week Firebrand leader of Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit expressed confidence tonight that he would not be penalized by the Election Commission in connection with the allegation that he breached the Constitution and the election by holding shares in a media firm while registering for the March-24 election. Speaking to reporters at Suvarnabhumi airport, Thanathorn said he will submit his defence with the commission on April 29 and insisted on his innocence. Thanathorn was greeted by an army of supporters upon his return from a week-long trip to Europe during which the Election Commission announced it had pressed charge against the 41-year-old politician for his alleged holding of shares in V Luck Media Co Ltd. Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/defiant-thanathorn-returns-to-submit-defence-with-ec-next-week/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-04-26
  13. The 'Weekly' inspire mailto is a round up of what's on, what to see, and what to do in Thailand. Email not displaying correctly View web version www.inspirepattaya.com What to do • Where to go • Pattaya Weekly Newsletter Welcome to the Inspire-eMagazine eNewsletter • Events and offers from Pattaya, Bangkok, Koh Chang, Hua Hin and all over Thailand • Find out what's on near you TOP STORIES•ON THE TOWN•FOOD & DRINK• HEALTH & BEAUTY•BUSINESS • THAILAND LIFE •EXPATS• SPORTS•PROPERTY Top Stories Pattaya Vs. Hua Hin using Lake Baikal in Russia as the analogy Inspire is delighted to have teamed up with Dan about Thailand vlogs to bring you his latest vlog from in and around Thailand. The vlogs cover travel and debate on things associated with tourists and expats in the country.... 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  14. For you Brexit paupers here is some EU jewellery from the glorious Tatty Devine to make you spill your Archers' - tis great hobnobbing with the elites Nige send his best wishes and he is most grateful for all the spare dosh you have donated and he looks forward to having another nosh on the EU teat when you return him to Brussels. But please no working class racism from the likes of Tommy Robinson - Nige isn't a racist oh no ex-German wifey and German passport proves it to be so. He does like posh totty whichever way they swing - while you lot were marching in the cold and rain. Suckers ! https://www.tattydevine.com/collections/eu-and-me
  15. Ombudsman to consider call to nullify March-24 election The Ombudsman’s Office will tomorrow discuss a request by a former party-list candidate of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party for the March 24th election to be nullified for breach of the Constitution and the MPs Election Act. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1097065-ombudsman-to-consider-call-to-nullify march-24-election/
  16. Ombudsman to consider call to nullify March-24 election The Ombudsman’s Office will tomorrow discuss a request by a former party-list candidate of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party for the March 24th election to be nullified for breach of the Constitution and the MPs Election Act. Mr. Raksakecha Chaechai, secretary-general of the Ombudsman’s Office, said today that the ombudsman had scheduled a special meeting tomorrow to discuss the petition which demands that the election be declared null and void, claiming that the calculation of the 150 party-list seats, to be allocated among contesting parties by the Election Commission(EC), is unconstitutional. If the meeting agrees that Ruangkrai’s request is valid, the case will be referred to the Constitutional Court or the Administrative Court for further consideration. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/ombudsman-to-consider-call-to-nullify-march-24-election/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-04-26
  17. More global warming propaganda. It's not the heat that's killing the trees, it's lack of water. I grow a few fruit trees at my home in the southwest of the US, where it's normall for temps to be above 40 degrees celsius for more than 5 months of the year and even over 45 degrees regularly. As long as they have enough water, they survive ok.
  18. Thailand’s green meetings prove Asean’s commitment to sustainability goals By Muhammad Rizki Kresnawan Special to The Nation When Singapore handed the Asean helm to Thailand last November, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha unveiled the theme of its chairmanship for this year as “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1097063-thailand’s-green-meetings-prove-asean’s-commitment-to-sustainability-goals/
  19. Thailand’s green meetings prove Asean’s commitment to sustainability goals By Muhammad Rizki Kresnawan Special to The Nation When Singapore handed the Asean helm to Thailand last November, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha unveiled the theme of its chairmanship for this year as “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”. Thailand will host more than 70 major Asean meetings this year, with an additional 200 supporting meetings also on the cards. Every single one of these requires large amounts of fuel to ferry participants from various capitals to Bangkok or other Thai cities, as well as electricity for the venues. It is no secret that energy efficiency at the meetings has ample room for improvement, from the use air-cooling systems to the vast piles of paper printed for attendees. As such, Thailand’s plans for more environmentally friendly Asean meetings are applauded by many. Referred to as “green meetings”, these will highlight the commitment of the host country in six ways: Use of sustainable products, donation of used meeting equipment to local communities, reuse of conference materials, recycling of conference waste, reduction of plastic use, and reducing paper by using digital documents and electronic tools. Singapore pioneered the use of digital and electronic tools last year with its “paperless” Asean meetings. It also developed a mobile app that contained the information and materials for each meeting. Singapore held 116 Asean meetings last year, each with an average of 50 to 100 participants. If every single participant had received a bundle of printed documents, an estimated two to four million paper sheets would have been used. Using the calculator from the Environmental Paper Network, two to four million sheets of paper equates to 250 to 500 trees being cut, or 300 to 600 million thermal units, which would generate 100 to 200 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This calculation demonstrates that shifting from conventional paper-based meetings to green meetings has a big impact on energy efficiency and CO2 emissions. As well as chairing Asean, Thailand is also heading the Asean Energy Efficiency and Conservation Sub-sector Network in 2019. The network consists of representatives of Asean member states and is tasked with implementing programmes and activities in support of regional energy goals. At the 33rd Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting in September 2015, member countries agreed to target a reduction in their collective energy intensity level (energy efficiency) of 20 per cent by 2020 and 30 per cent by 2025, based on 2005 levels. Last year, at the 36th Asean Energy Meeting held in Singapore, ministers announced good progress towards the target, with a 21.9 per cent reduction in energy intensity achieved in 2016, compared to 2005 levels, exceeding the Asean’s 2020 target. That impressive progress is attributed to, among others, the success in strengthening energy management systems and certification programmes in Asean, and the enhancement of the Asean Standards Harmonisation Initiatives for Energy Efficiency platform, supported by the European Union. Now, the progress in energy efficiency needs to be amplified with other collective efforts, which should start where the decisions are made – in Asean meetings. Thailand made a great decision in building on the example set by Singapore last year and initiating green meetings. These will help achieve regional energy efficiency targets, but they will also set an example for national policymakers as they partake in the global effort to meet pledges under the Paris Agreement. Muhammad Rizki Kresnawan is a research analyst for the Asean Climate Change and Energy Project at the Asean Centre for Energy. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/opinion/30368402 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-04-26
  20. Which they are and have done. From the coup to the Rajabakdi Park scandal to the rigged constitution to the hounding and jailing of their opponents, to the watch scandal to their phony election. There is no spin at all, really. They are simply scum.
  21. Hopewell saga reveals true cost of political corruption By The Nation Thai taxpayers have been robbed of Bt11.88 billion, in what should be a lesson for the future When politicians and bureaucrats are corrupt or incompetent or both, taxpayers are the ones who suffer most. This was amply demonstrated by the Supreme Administrative Court’s latest ruling that the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) must pay Bt11.88 billion in compensation plus interest to the Hong Kong-based Hopewell Company. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1097059-hopewell-saga-reveals-true-cost-of-political-corruption/
  22. Hopewell saga reveals true cost of political corruption By The Nation Thai taxpayers have been robbed of Bt11.88 billion, in what should be a lesson for the future When politicians and bureaucrats are corrupt or incompetent or both, taxpayers are the ones who suffer most. This was amply demonstrated by the Supreme Administrative Court’s latest ruling that the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) must pay Bt11.88 billion in compensation plus interest to the Hong Kong-based Hopewell Company. This long-running saga started in 1990 when the Chatichai Choonhavan government signed a 30-year concession contract with the private firm to build an Bt80-billion elevated road and train system in Bangkok to ease the city’s traffic congestion. The 60-kilometre Hopewell project was controversial from the start because of contractual weaknesses and other issues, prompting the following government of Anand Panyarachun to launch a comprehensive review of the scheme. From 1992 to ’96, the project ran into financial and liquidity problems as well as technical hitches, resulting in protracted delays. In 1997, construction work came to a halt at the height of the Asian financial crisis. The Chavalit Yongchaiyudh administration began taking steps to terminate the concession contract that year. In 1998, the Cabinet approved a resolution to scrap the deal because the project’s construction work, after seven years, was only 13 per cent completed. According to the concession contract, any disputes between the government and the private firm were supposed to be settled by a three-person arbitration committee, a mechanism proven later to have put the government at a disadvantage. The government cited the firm’s inability to finish its construction work obligations as the major cause for ending the contract, as evidenced by the snail-pace progress that made it highly unlikely the system’s overall construction would be completed within 10 years as required in the contract. In its defence, Hopewell cited as the main factor for delays the SRT’s failure to hand over land plots along the routes in accordance with the project’s timeline. Hopewell subsequently sued SRT for compensation of Bt56 billion, while SRT filed a counter-suit seeking Bt200 billion in compensation. Eventually, the arbitration committee, which comprised one member from the government, one from the private sector plus a third person jointly approved by both parties, reached a resolution in favour of the private firm. The case later went to the Administrative Court, which dismissed the arbitration committee’s ruling in 2004 on the basis that its statute of limitations had already expired after a period of five years, counting from 1998 when the contract was terminated. However, Hopewell did not accept the court’s verdict and forwarded the case to the Supreme Administrative Court, which on Tuesday upheld the arbitration committee’s ruling in favour of the firm. As a result, SRT has been ordered to pay Bt11.88 billion plus 7.5 per cent per-annum interest dating back a total of 21 years. Overall, taxpayers should learn a big lesson from this saga, which stemmed from incompetent and corrupt politicians who managed to clinch a multibillion-baht deal with a private firm in the absence of proper check-and-balance mechanisms. Details of the project covering its technical and financial feasibility were never properly vetted by public sector experts and other professionals, resulting in multiple challenges once the contract was signed. In the end, Thai taxpayers are the losers. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/opinion/30368403 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-04-26
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  24. Dtac reports Bt1.4bn quarterly profit By The Nation In Q1 2019, Dtac said it continued rolling out and optimising the network after massive rollout activities in Q4 2018. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1097058-dtac-reports-bt14bn-quarterly-profit/
  25. Dtac reports Bt1.4bn quarterly profit By The Nation In Q1 2019, Dtac said it continued rolling out and optimising the network after massive rollout activities in Q4 2018. Dtac launched the “Never Stop Caring” campaign to increase the number of users on the 2,300MHz network, for improved mobile internet. At the end of Q1 2019, the total subscriber base stood at 20.7 million, and the number of 2300MHz base stations reached 15,400, an addition of 2,700 base stations during the quarter, the firm said. Approximately 7.8 million subscribers, or 76 per cent of 4G subscriber base, were on the 2300MHz network. Overall network coverage stood at 94 per cent of the total population, Dtac said. Net profit for Q1 2019 amounted to Bt1.4 billion, increasing 7 per cent YoY despite a decline in service revenues, and reflected the first full quarter of the new cost structure after the end of the concession, including lower depreciation and amortization expenses, the firm said. However, operating cash flow (EBITDA – CAPEX) for the quarter returned to positive at Bt1.7 billion notwithstanding the ongoing expansion of the network. Moreover, the financial position remained solid, with net debt to EBITDA ratio of 1.3x and cash on hand of Bt12.8 billion. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30368388 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-04-26
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