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  1. "Copied forest design" of new Bangkok airport terminal abandoned A wooden design that critics said copied a Japanese architect's ideas has been abandoned for Suvarnabhumi's new Terminal 2 building. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085550-copied-forest-design-of-new-bangkok-airport-terminal-abandoned/
  2. "Copied forest design" of new Bangkok airport terminal abandoned A wooden design that critics said copied a Japanese architect's ideas has been abandoned for Suvarnabhumi's new Terminal 2 building. A board meeting at the AoT (Airports of Thailand PCL) on Wednesday decided to scrap the design of renowned Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag and his D-BALP consortium. The "forest" design was slammed in September of last year after criticism that it was just a copy of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's wooden bridge museum in southern Japan. Critics also said it was not appropriate for an airport. Now the AoT say they will design the building themselves. What has happened to the 329 million baht design budget was not explained in either the Siam Rath or INN story about the board's decision. The project is costing 4.2 billion baht in total. Both news sources concentrated on changes to the way commercial outlets and duty free will operate at the new terminal. Thaivisa notes that also back in September there was further controversy when it was reported that Duangrit Bunnag - a member of one of Thailand's most famous families - had got the contract after only finishing second in the design contest. The winners were disqualified on a technicality after not submitting an official quotation form. Source: INN -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-02-21
  3. Social media responds! What to do when a woman sits on you on a train! Netizens responded in droves - with many wacky suggestions - after a woman went on Facebook with an unusual story after an experience on the MRT underground in Bangkok. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085544-social-media-responds-what-to-do-when-a-woman-sits-on-you-on-a-train/
  4. Social media responds! What to do when a woman sits on you on a train! Netizens responded in droves - with many wacky suggestions - after a woman went on Facebook with an unusual story after an experience on the MRT underground in Bangkok. Poster "angarosFrauweti" said that she was sitting down minding her own business on the way to Central Lat Prao. Near Chatujak station two middle aged women got on before one of the women promptly sat on the her lap. "She. Sat. On. My. Lap!!!" stressed the poster in disbelief. Meanwhile her fellow middle aged friend started clapping and whooping her joy at what had just transpired. Everybody stared and this prompted a foreign woman sitting next to the poster to prepare to kindly offer her seat. Instead the poster got up and gave her hers. She said she could not be sure that the "lap sitter" was Thai or foreign as she wouldn't speak or maintain eye contact. All she did was say "Hellooo Helooo!" to a foreign boy on the train. Social media users followed the story in their tens of thousands with Sanook recording some of the suggestions of what to do in such a bizarre situation. One group suggested sitting back down on the woman - to see how she liked it. Another just said she should have pushed her off saying she was ticklish. While another person - picking up on the idea that the person may have been a foreigner - suggested saying: "Don't touch me - you e-dok" (whore). What would you do if a woman sat down on you on a train!? Source: Sanook -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-02-21
  5. Carcass of finless porpoise found on Prachuap Khiri Khan beach By The Nation The decomposed carcass of finless porpoise was found on Pran Buri beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan early on Thursday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085542-carcass-of-finless-porpoise-found-on-prachuap-khiri-khan-beach/
  6. Carcass of finless porpoise found on Prachuap Khiri Khan beach By The Nation The decomposed carcass of finless porpoise was found on Pran Buri beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan early on Thursday. Jua Kaeyai, chairman of the local fishing club of the Pran Buri River Mount community, alerted officials at the Central Coast of the Gulf of Thailand Marine Resource Research Centre when the carcass was found. Jua said tourists spotted the carcass at 1.30am in front of the Prince Chumphon Shrine. Officials from the marine resource research centre said the porpoise was a female and about five years old. It was 1.15-metres long and weighed about 15 kilograms. The porpoise had no signs of being injured. Officials could not determine the cause of the death as the carcass was decomposed. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364498 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-21
  7. UPDATE: Six year old had his throat cut by his father as he slept in bed Picture: Sanook Further details have emerged in the case of a man from Myanmar who was arrested after carrying his dead son from his house in Mae Sot, Tak in Thailand's north-west. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085331-tak-horror-as-man-walks-into-town-with-bloodied-slain-son-in-his-arms/?do=findComment&comment=13866833
  8. Booze ban: Far less die on the Thai roads on Tuesday's Buddhist holiday Those who say that banning alcohol would have a dramatic effect on lessening the carnage on Thai roads might feel their opinion is vindicated after stats showed far less than average died on Tuesday - a Buddhist holiday when sales of alcohol were banned. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085535-booze-ban-far-less-die-on-the-thai-roads-on-tuesdays-buddhist-holiday/
  9. UPDATE: Six year old had his throat cut by his father as he slept in bed Picture: Sanook Further details have emerged in the case of a man from Myanmar who was arrested after carrying his dead son from his house in Mae Sot, Tak in Thailand's north-west. The six year old was attacked by Moung Pa, 52, with a ten inch fruit paring knife as he slept in bed. But the father waited some considerable time until it was 4 am before seeking medical help. By this time the boy was covered in congealed and dried blood and was dead. The father was stopped by locals on a road. They called the police. Some 500 meters away the Muang Mae Sot cops found the horror scene indicating the boy had been attacked in a bedroom. The father told police that he had been drinking with someone when an argument broke out. After the friend left the father attacked his child. Police think that in his drunken state the father may have mistook the boy in the mosquito net for a rival who he thought had returned to the house. Source: Sanook -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-02-21
  10. Thursday News From Thailand - 21st February 2019 fabulous TV Pattaya
  11. Booze ban: Far less die on the Thai roads on Tuesday's Buddhist holiday Those who say that banning alcohol would have a dramatic effect on lessening the carnage on Thai roads might feel their opinion is vindicated after stats showed far less than average died on Tuesday - a Buddhist holiday when sales of alcohol were banned. While Monday showed that 71 perished on the roads only 24 deaths were reported on Tuesday. The average for the month is about 42 per day. Only on one day - February 2nd that was a Saturday and not an alcohol free day - had less deaths with 23 fatalities reported. Earlier in the week the Road Safety Academic Center claimed that on Buddhist holidays around half the usual fatalities were reported. And the booze ban saw a dramatic reduction in injuries too. The latest figures from Daily News - who made no correlation with driving and alcohol - said that 2,213 had died on the roads since the start of 2019. Some 800 had perished so far in February. They stressed that the figures are unofficial meaning that they are likely to rise when deaths at hospitals are added to those that happen at the scene. In their latest report they showed the death of a motorcyclist in Lampang who failed to negotiate a bend and smacked into a campaign poster nailed to a roadside tree. And in a video a motorcyclist was seen coming off a bike in front of an approaching car after being side-swiped by a pick-up truck. Daily News publish the figures daily in an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about the carnage on the Thai roads that has seen them named as some of the most dangerous in the world. Source: Daily News -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-02-21
  12. Akha drug suspect shot dead in gunfight with Chiang Rai police By The Nation Police seized about 5 million meth pills and shot dead an Akha hill tribe man who allegedly resisted arrest on a Chiang Rai road early on Thursday. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085533-akha-drug-suspect-shot-dead-in-gunfight-with-chiang-rai-police/
  13. Akha drug suspect shot dead in gunfight with Chiang Rai police By The Nation Police seized about 5 million meth pills and shot dead an Akha hill tribe man who allegedly resisted arrest on a Chiang Rai road early on Thursday. The gunfight between Chiang Rai's narcotics suppression police and the suspected took place at 1.30am on the main road in Moo 4 village in Tambon Pa Sang in Chiang Rai's Mae Chan district. The slain suspect was identified as Akor Saemee, 29, a resident of Chiang Rai's Mae Fah Luang district. Acting on a tip-off that couriers would smuggle meth from Myanmar's border into Chiang Rai, police staked out the location until they saw two pickup trucks approaching. When they signalled for the pickups to stop, the driver in the front vehicle opened fire at them, prompting police to return fire. Police later found Akor dead in the driver's seat of the pickup with a sawn-off shotgun near his body. The other pickup truck fled the scene during the gunfight. Police found the drugs in 25 bags at the back of the pickup. The number of meth pills was estimated at 5 million. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364497 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-21
  14. Video: Rapist on the prowl - before a victim arrives home Picture: Daily News Chilling CCTV footage released by the police in Ubon Ratchathani showed a rapist on the prowl before he attacked a young woman in her room at knife point. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085528-video-rapist-on-the-prowl-before-a-victim-arrives-home/
  15. Video: Rapist on the prowl - before a victim arrives home Picture: Daily News Chilling CCTV footage released by the police in Ubon Ratchathani showed a rapist on the prowl before he attacked a young woman in her room at knife point. The footage shows a man aged about 25 - 30 peering in through windows, the keyhole and under the door of a room in the middle of the night. He is masturbating. He also knocks on the doors of rooms to try and find a victim. At 3.48 am a 24 year old woman returns home and before she can lock her door the man enters with a knife. She is then threatened with the knife and brutally raped before the man is seen leaving at 4 am. Daily News said that local police have a good idea of the identity of the rapist and the hunt is on. The incident happened at a two story block of flats in Muang district of the north-eastern Thai city. Source: Daily News -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-02-21
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