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Prayut calls on everybody to join the fight against plastic

By THE NATION

 

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Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on August 20 called on all Thais to help the government achieve its goal of keeping the seas clean of plastic after eight-month-old rescued dugong Mariam died after having consumed eight pieces of plastic.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118766-prayut-calls-on-everybody-to-join-the-fight-against-plastic/

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Health officials demand justice as they stand to lose in long run

By The Nation

 

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Nation/Korbphuk Phromrekha

 

Some 100 health officials gathered outside the Public Health Ministry’s headquarters in Nonthaburi province to demand that their service during the fiscal years of 2000 to 2003 be included in calculating their pensions and that their salaries be adjusted so they are more equal and fair.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118777-health-officials-demand-justice-as-they-stand-to-lose-in-long-run/

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Cabinet rewards defectors and failed MP candidates with political posts

 

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The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to reward 17 MPs, who defected from the parties they represented when elected, or had been on their party’s list, and have now joined the Palang Pracharat party, by granting them political appointments.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118822-cabinet-rewards-defectors-and-failed-mp-candidates-with-political-posts/

 

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Traffic police cannot confiscate driver’s license under a new traffic law in effect from Aug 20th

 

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Effective 20th August, traffic police have no authority to confiscate the driving license of the driver of an automobile or motorcycle when being stopped for a traffic violation under the new Land Traffic Act B.E. 2562.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118823-traffic-police-cannot-confiscate-driver’s-license-under-a-new-traffic-law-in-effect-from-aug-20th/

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TAT wants night-life establishments to close at 4 am to promote tourism

 

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to propose the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to extend the closing hours of night entertainment establishments by another t wo hours from 2 am until 4 am supposedly to promote tourism.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118824-tat-wants-night-life-establishments-to-close-at-4-am-to-promote-tourism/

 

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Opposition New Economics Party in peril as some MPs defect to government

 

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Some MPs from the opposition New Economics Party will defect to the government camp, Mr. Niyom Wiwatthanaditthakul, the party deputy leader, said today (Tuesday), ending 24 hours of speculation about the breakup of the party.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118825-opposition-new-economics-party-in-peril-as-some-mps-defect-to-government/

 

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Students benefit from raising wild rats in school

By Vijit Choonhakijkhajorn
The Nation

 

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Students at Thakong secondary in the northeast province of Surin are running a small farm in the school compound, learning the skills in raising livestock, especially prairie voles or wild rats, for a living.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118826-surin-students-benefit-from-raising-wild-rats-in-school/

 

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Easier fund outflows will help curb the baht, says central bank official

By The Nation

 

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The central bank plans to ease capital outflow rules so the appreciation of the baht can be curbed, a top Bank of Thailand official said. He also said that the government’s stimulus package may not drive growth as much as the government expects.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118827-easier-fund-outflows-will-help-curb-the-baht-says-central-bank-official/

 

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Phuket lifeguard helps to catch a beach thief

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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Eusob Khonsurin (left), 23, from Ranong, was charged with theft. Photo: Tourist Police

 

PHUKET: A lifeguard at Nai Harn beach today apprehended a Thai man for stealing a foreigners bag from the beach.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118828-phuket-lifeguard-helps-to-catch-a-beach-thief/

 

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Stingray barb killed Railay dugong, says PMBC chief

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

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An autopsy found a15cm long stingray barb (circled in red) inside the mature dugong’s stomach. Photos: DMCR

 

PHUKET: The mature male dugong found dead off Ton Sai Beach in Krabi on Sunday (Aug 18) was killed by a stingray barb, Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) Chief Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong has told The Phuket News.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118829-stingray-barb-killed-railay-dugong-says-pmbc-chief/

 

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Italian PM resigns, denounces Salvini for sinking government

By Crispian Balmer and Gavin Jones

 

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Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a session of the upper house of parliament over the ongoing government crisis, in Rome, Italy August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

 

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's prime minister resigned on Tuesday after launching a blistering attack on his own interior minister, Matteo Salvini, accusing him of sinking the ruling coalition and endangering the economy for personal and political gain.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118832-italian-pm-resigns-denounces-salvini-for-sinking-government/

 

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Trump says White House talking to Democrats on gun legislation

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey U.S. August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was in meaningful talks with Democrats on gun legislation after the latest mass shootings to rock the United States, but congressional aides downplayed the discussions as low-level and not very productive.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118833-trump-says-white-house-talking-to-democrats-on-gun-legislation/

 

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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell loses appeal against sex abuse convictions, to stay in jail

 

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George Pell arrives at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, August 21, 2019. AAP Images/Erik Anderson via REUTERS

 

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old boys and will remain in prison for at least another three years, a court ruled on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118837-ex-vatican-treasurer-pell-loses-appeal-against-sex-abuse-convictions-to-stay-in-jail/

 

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U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says ISIS strong in some areas: CBS

 

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to the media after his meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the State Department in Washington, U.S., August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday that Islamic State militants are gaining strength in some areas but said the militant group's capacity to conduct attacks has been greatly diminished.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118838-us-secretary-of-state-pompeo-says-isis-strong-in-some-areas-cbs/

 

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