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  2. Senior monk gets 26 years in jail for helping ‘embezzle’ temple funds By Kesinee Tangkhieo The Nation File photo: Phra Khru Kitti Patcharakhun A SENIOR monk has received a 26-year jail term for colluding with a former National Buddhism Office (NBO) chief to embezzle temple funds. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095832-senior-monk-gets-26-years-in-jail-for-helping-‘embezzle’-temple-funds/
  3. Senior monk gets 26 years in jail for helping ‘embezzle’ temple funds By Kesinee Tangkhieo The Nation File photo: Phra Khru Kitti Patcharakhun A SENIOR monk has received a 26-year jail term for colluding with a former National Buddhism Office (NBO) chief to embezzle temple funds. Phra Khru Kitti Patcharakhun, abbot of Lat Khae Temple and the monastic chief of Phetchabun’s Chon Daen district, was found guilty yesterday for embezzling more than Bt24 million out of the Bt28-million budget the NBO had earmarked for 12 temples in four provinces. The court named then-NBO chief Nopparat Benjawatananan as the accomplice. Nopparat fled from Thailand during the investigation process. The statute of limitations in the case will expire in 2036. “We will appeal,” the former abbot’s lawyer said after hearing the verdict from the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases. The monk had pleaded not guilty, claiming that he had simply complied with Nopparat’s suggestion, because the latter was a senior official. According to the monk, temples were asked to return in cash most of the funds that the NBO had transferred to their bank accounts. Nopparat claimed these funds would be used for temples in the restive South, the monk said. However, the court was not convinced, saying that the defendant as a senior monk should have known what was appropriate. With his high-ranking monastic position, a conviction would carry double the usual penalty. Hence, his actual sentence totals 39 years, though it was commuted to 26 years because the court found his testimony somewhat useful. As of press time yesterday, the monk’s lawyer was still trying to bail him out. If the bail request is rejected, the monk will be defrocked and sent to jail. As parts of the bail request, the lawyer has suggested that the monk be made to wear an electronic monitoring device and restrict his travel. While the court trials were ongoing, the monk had been granted a Bt1.5-million bail. Sources said Phra Khru Kitti Patcharakhun has also been fighting a Criminal Court lawsuit over allegations that he sexually abused three girls – all under the age of 15. The trial has concluded and the Criminal Court is scheduled to read its verdict on June 27. In a related development, 10 suspects including former senior monks who were part of the Sangha Supreme Council, are now in jail pending trial over charges of embezzling more than Bt200 million in temple funds. Phanom Sornsilp, another former chief of the NBO, is also implicated in the embezzlement. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367932 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-04-19
  4. For the same reasons that all areas in Thailand, and the rest of the world, harbour this tyoe of felon.
  5. Stagnate really? The economy is at 3% growth, lowest unemployment rate, stock market is up. What the hell are you talking about. Obama, said Trump would need a magic wand to get it GDP over 1.5%. The only stagnation is on the left in the house and senate.
  6. Thailand to junk three kinds of plastic by end of this year By The Nation End of this year, Thailand will be free from three types of plastic – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics – and from four other types of single-use plastics by 2022, according to a road map that got the Cabinet’s initial nod on Tuesday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095831-thailand-to-junk-three-kinds-of-plastic-by-end-of-this-year/
  7. Thailand to junk three kinds of plastic by end of this year By The Nation End of this year, Thailand will be free from three types of plastic – microbeads, cap seals and oxo-degradable plastics – and from four other types of single-use plastics by 2022, according to a road map that got the Cabinet’s initial nod on Tuesday. The Plastic Waste Management Road Map 2018-2030 also included an ambitious plan for Thailand to use 100 per cent recycled plastic by 2027 in various forms, including turning waste into energy, Assistant Government Spokesman Colonel Athisit Chainuwat said. The four single-use plastics to be rid of by 2022 are: lightweight plastic bags less than 36 microns thick; styrofoam food containers for takeaways; plastic cups and plastic straws – with the exception of those who still need to use them such as the elderly, patients and children. The Cabinet on Tuesday acknowledged the road map and assigned the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry to ormulate a draft action plan for plastic waste management, so it is in line with the 20-year national strategy, he said. The Cabinet also called for clear details on related agencies’ role in the integration of the work for managing plastic waste, which will also get huge participation from the private and business sectors. The related state agencies should create various mechanisms to propel this forward such as creating a good understanding among agencies, continuously implementing a public relations campaign via social media to achieve the set goals, the Cabinet instructed. The work procedure must consider lifecycle plastic-waste management so steps are taken from the very start: with plastic products designed applying the “Eco Design” approach, manufacturing and post-consumption disposal which will include garbage separation, transport and storing, recycling and proper disposal. According to the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Thais generate as much as 1.14 kilogram of garbage per head per day, contributing to the 27.04 million tonnes of waste per year. One person uses approximately eight plastic bags a day – or 500 million plastic bags per day for the whole nation. Most of the plastic waste ends up in the oceans, accounting for 16 per cent of garbage in the seas. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367931 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-04-19
  8. Miscount cases in Khon Kaen solved, fresh voting at six polling stations By THE NATION file photo THE TWO MISCOUNTS of votes in Khon Kaen province was resolved yesterday after a recount showed that inconsistencies might have stemmed from an official marking the wrong boxes. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095830-miscount-cases-in-khon-kaen-solved-fresh-voting-at-six-polling-stations/
  9. Miscount cases in Khon Kaen solved, fresh voting at six polling stations By THE NATION file photo THE TWO MISCOUNTS of votes in Khon Kaen province was resolved yesterday after a recount showed that inconsistencies might have stemmed from an official marking the wrong boxes. Two polling stations – the first and fifth – with a few hundred eligible voters in Khon Kaen’s Nam Phong district recounted the ballots yesterday following an order by the Election Commission (EC). In the first polling station, the voter turnout was 324, matching the total ballot count. Of these, 304 were found valid, two were no votes and 17 were invalid. The previous mistake appeared to be with the invalid ballots, officials said, adding that previously the referee had marked 18 invalid ballots, which resulted in the inconsistency. The recount in the fifth polling station also found the ballots and voter turnout tallied at 624. There were 587 valid ballots, 33 invalid and four no votes. The recount showed that Phalang Pracharat candidate Kitti Kamkankoon may have gained one wrongful vote in the previous count. The recount in both stations did not change the initial results, with Pheu Thai candidate Jatuporn Charoencheu winning the constituency. No objections were raised after the recount. The ballots from both stations yesterday were counted in the district’s town hall with hundreds of people, including politicians and party representatives, observing the event. EC commissioner Chatchai Chanpraisri said yesterday the recount had gone smoothly and transparently. The new results will later be submitted to the EC and the agency will endorse the overall results on May 9, he said, adding that the previous inconsistencies in the two polling stations were believed to have been caused by officials marking the wrong boxes. In addition to the recounts at these two stations, the agency has also ordered six polling stations to hold fresh elections after the number of ballots and voters did not tally. Elections will be held this Sunday in some constituencies of Lampang, Yasothon, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok and Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district. Three of the affected polling stations were in constituencies won by Pheu Thai Party and two by Phalang Pracharat. However, with each station having only a few hundred or thousand votes in races where the winner and runners-up had tens of thousand, the re-elections are unlikely to change the results at the constituency level. Yet, if a significant number of voters change their minds, it is still possible they could affect the number of eventual party-list MPs. It was also observed that voter turnout might drop due to the lack of publicity. A number of people might be unaware of the re-election and miss the opportunity to cast their ballots. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30367936 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-04-19
  10. Yes indeed, these Russian hoaxers are either delusional or intentionally dishonest, perhaps a little of both. I think by the time it's all read, and after they have their day or two in the media, there might be damaging information on the democrats, media, top FBI, CIA, and DOJ officials leading right up to Obama, that is unexpected. It was important Trump waited until the report was submitted to get everything on the record. Trump's opponents I believe are gonna be in a world of hurt very soon. Trump has them all lined up in a nice neat little row. Now, get out the popcorn kick back and let the fun begin. Happy to see Trump has an AG that won't take <deleted> from these do nothing hoaxers.
  11. Defiant Decha vows new batch of cannabis medicine By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM THE NATION Decha Siriphat Traditional healer says more than 5,000 of his cancer patients are waiting for cannabinoid drugs, urges officials to return marijuana seized during raid. DESPITE concerns over whether it contains medical properties that can cure cancer, more than 5,000 patients who are currently waiting for cannabinoid drugs from prominent traditional medicine practitioner Decha Siriphat will be given a new batch of medicine within the next month. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095829-defiant-decha-vows-new-batch-of-cannabis-medicine/
  12. Defiant Decha vows new batch of cannabis medicine By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM THE NATION Decha Siriphat Traditional healer says more than 5,000 of his cancer patients are waiting for cannabinoid drugs, urges officials to return marijuana seized during raid. DESPITE concerns over whether it contains medical properties that can cure cancer, more than 5,000 patients who are currently waiting for cannabinoid drugs from prominent traditional medicine practitioner Decha Siriphat will be given a new batch of medicine within the next month. Decha vowed at a press conference at Chulalongkorn University yesterday that he would do whatever it took to resume his routine distribution of cannabinoid medicines to patients in need. The patients, some of whom rely on his cannabinoid drugs, have now been without their medicine for nearly two weeks after its distribution was suspended following a raid earlier this month, said Decha. “My priority is to help as many patients as possible with my formulas of cannabinoid medicines, and I will do everything I can to make sure those who are still waiting for their new consignment will get the drugs as soon as possible,” he said. “This is a very urgent matter, because many of the patients, who are suffering from cancer, have been unable to get the required medication since April 3.” Decha said he was now proceeding with the registration process to obtain official status as a traditional medical practitioner with the Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department. He needs to attend a training workshop on medical cannabis use, in order to get permission from the Food and Drug Administration to legally produce and distribute cannabinoid medicines. By law, marijuana remains an illicit narcotic. The raw material for producing cannabinoid medicines is available only from confiscated cannabis. Decha has requested the Office of the Narcotics Control Board to return his seized cannabis so that he can mass produce a new lot of cannabinoid medicine to ensure that all patients in need will get their medicine. Meanwhile, the Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department deputy director-general Dr Pramote Stienrat disclosed that the earliest new round of cannabinoid medicines will be ready for distribution within the next month as part of human trials for Decha’s traditional formulas. Pramote said this is because Decha’s cannabinoid recipe is not on the list of 16 permitted traditional cannabinoid medicines. In order to receive official recognition for the formula, the department will have to rigorously examine its components to ensure the medicine is safe for human use and effective for medical treatment. “According to the required official procedures, we expect to resume the distribution of Decha’s cannabinoid drugs to his patients within the next month at the earliest, as part of the human clinical trials examining his cannabinoid drugs,” he informed. Pramote noted there were already many treatment records from patients who have been using Decha’s drugs to cure their illnesses, and so lab and animal testing of the medicine can be omitted to save time. “Once this cannabinoid medicine formula has been approved for its effectiveness and safety, the department will add it to the list of permitted cannabinoid medicines and allow its general use for medical treatment,” Pramote added. However, Dr Thira Woratanarat, a medical lecturer at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine of Chulalongkorn University, cautioned that despite some medical research demonstrating that medicinal properties in cannabis can heal the side-effects of chemotherapy and relieve seizures, there was no academic study to prove it could treat cancer, despite what many people believe. “I am worried that there are many people trying to overly advertise the medical properties of cannabis [claiming] that it can cure cancer, which is very dangerous,” Thira said. “This is because it makes many cancer patients stop their conventional medical treatments and take only cannabinoid medicines, which in many cases leads to the patients’ condition worsening.” He urged patients to consult their doctor first and give careful consideration before switching to medical cannabis to cure their sickness. The use of cannabis for medical treatment has not yet been standardised and it could lead to many unpleasant side-effects and health risks, he added. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367934 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-04-19
  13. PHUKET XTRA - April 18 King cobra caught, 30 eggs missing! |:| Manhunt for American over ’seastead’ fiasco |:| Suspect caught over Phi Phi rape |:| Worst Songkran in Phuket in years |:| 8-year-old honoured for cleaning Patong canal! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket -- © Copyright Phuket News 2019-04-19
  14. 1 % of Britain own 99 % of all land and resources...go figure
  15. UPDATE: Thailand Live Friday 19 Apr 2019 https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095825-thailand-live-friday-19-apr-2019/
  16. Well so far in UK about 200 killings from knives attacks alone..this is knives, not acid, honor killing, acid attacks, organised child rape muggings etc. Jist this year, not even the end of April yet! God knows what happened in Chicago. Thailand is very safe. If you are not safe here you are doing something wrong. However bad Thailand might be it has not suffered the destruction of community, by diversity and multiculturalism that has left the UK in ruins...
  17. Australian snorkeller collects trash at Kalim beach everyday By The Thaiger PHOTO: Patong Surf Life Saving An Australian man has been seen collecting trash in the waters just off Kalim beach in Patong every day over the past month. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095798-australian-snorkeller-collects-trash-at-kalim-beach-everyday/
  18. Sounds like the bickering bunch need a bit of on topic humour:
  19. Driver charred to death after trailer truck overturns By The Nation The driver of a trailer truck was killed when his vehicle flipped over on a downhill road in Prachin Buri province and caught fire early on Thursday, police said. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095782-driver-charred-to-death-after-trailer-truck-overturns/
  20. Of course it happens elsewhere. My comments are motivated by the consistency with which things of all types go wrong in Thailand. Thailand is a unique country where almost nothing ever works properly
  21. UPDATE: ‘Big Joke’ granted leave for US trip By The Nation Former Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakparn is on leave until the end of April, his new boss said on Thursday. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095679-big-joke-latest-embattled-former-top-cop-takes-off-for-america/?do=findComment&comment=14055379
  22. Do not miss TOM GREEN with special guest STEPHEN K AMOS at the Lancaster Hotel on Saturday, 20th April. Act fast! VIP tickets are already sold out, but standard tickets (1500 THB) are still available for purchase at: https://www.ticketflap.com/tomgreen-bkk19
  23. I wonder and hope that this era of Anglo decline, will clear up the really bad actors, which have been running the show in both UK and USA. The 1% protesters called this up a long time ago. I hope this turmoil will get these really bad actors out of the both Anglo governments. It has been a mess, for a decade or so. The rest of us has been watching these latest episodes with ave, wondering how it will eventually end.
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