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Celebrities caught using drugs face uncertain fate

Posted by pakin On September - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

FORMER MISS TEEN THAILAND and now-disgraced actress Amelia Jacobs, who was arrested on drug-related charges early on Tuesday morning, is not the first – and will not be the last – Thai star who has seen a bright future threatened by involvement with illegal drugs.

Indeed, the police blotter is littered with examples of celebrities being caught with narcotics, ending in lengthy jail sentences and hefty fines, although in some cases, canny public relations and efforts to rehabilitate have saved careers that seemed beyond repair.

Just this last March, the Supreme Court upheld a verdict against Chatchaya Ramos, or “Yuyee”, formerly a popular model, sentencing her to 15 years and three months in jail for smuggling cocaine into the country in November 2012.

During a search at Don Mueang International Airport, authorities found 251 milligrams of cocaine concealed in her suitcase. In addition to the jail sentence, she was also fined Bt1.5 million.

However, the trail of careers in peril reaches back years. In 2013, the young actress Sutatta “Punpun” Udomsilp saw all of her contracts suspended after photos of her using meth were leaked to the public and her family admitted that she used drugs.

However, the young celebrity stopped using drugs before returning to act in movies again and regaining her popularity as a teen idol.

In another particularly high-profile case in December 2011, renowned rockstar Seksan “Sek Loso” Sukpimai came out to admit that he used “ice” after his estranged wife at the time, Wiphakorn Sookpimay, posted on Facebook photos of him consuming drugs.

He too was able to restore his image after spending months in rehabilitation and then returning to the music arena where he has founded and managed many related businesses. He also divorced Wiphakorn.

In March the previous year, the once-rising star Athip Nana, or “Ball”, was arrested after police found him in possession of marijuana and cocaine.

He was sentenced to one year and three months in jail, fined Bt12,000 and ordered to enter rehab. However, his sentence was suspended for two years.

In the same year, a female comedian known as Nok Choenyim was arrested for trying to smuggle 560 milligrams of “ice”, 580 milligrams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from Cambodia to Thailand. It was the second time she was charged for such an offence.

Going all the way back to 2004, the popular young singer Joyce Triumph Kingdoms and her boyfriend were arrested and charged with possession of 4,000 “yaba” amphetamine tablets with intent to sell.


LoxSim opens driving centre

Posted by pakin On September - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Loxley Simulation Technology Co Ltd (LoxSim) has opened a truck driving simulator, the country’s first driving simulation centre to meet European standards, paving the way for sustainable road safety initiatives.

Wansit Chatikavanij, the LoxSim chief executive, said LoxSim is using technology from AutoSim, a Norway-based driving simulation technology leader. LoxSim has been appointed AutoSim’s exclusive reseller in Thailand and several Asean countries.

In the initial phase, the company invested more than 30 million baht into LoxSim Driving Simulation Centre, which is equipped with an advanced 6DOF (degrees of freedom) full-cabin driving simulator to be used for heavy vehicle training and intensive research and development (R&D) activities for road safety.

The simulator in the centre can be used for heavy vehicles of all types, such as tank trucks, rigid trucks and semi-truck trailers. The simulator system also allows for simulated engines, transmissions, gears, load types, and weights, depending on the customer’s training requirements.

Driving conditions are also adjustable based on weather conditions and localised road conditions, allowing drivers to train in dangerous scenarios.

The core customers for the simulation centre are public and private transport companies that move dangerous and sensitive goods. LoxSim collaborated on the simulator with Shell Thailand, which saw the potential to upgrade its safety regulations through customised simulation training.

Mr Wansit said Shell is not only LoxSim’s first customer, but also a partner in developing driving simulation training because of its abundant knowledge and experience in road safety.

“The driving simulation centre is only the first phase. In the near future, the company plans to increase investment in road safety technology and simulation, establishing a mobile driving simulation unit by using different types of simulator ranges,” he said.

LoxSim’s business consists of sales, R&D, and integration of simulation technologies.

Huge Japanese business delegation focuses on EEC

Posted by pakin On September - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

About 50% of FDI for first half of the year comes from single economic partner.

AS A MASSIVE delegation from Japan visits the Kingdom, Thailand expected them to boost investment in infrastructure, particularly for dual-rail, high-speed trains, by next year to steer development in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

Other infrastructure projects encouraged by Prayut included ports, aviation and digital systems in line with the 10 new industrial groups targeted to become Thailand’s economic growth engines. “The first five years will focus on these developments. I look to Japan as a good example of train development,” Prayut said.

“In the future, there will also be developments in the West, North and the South. We have to integrate all these plans to connect investments and services, not only among regional provinces but also with CLMV countries,” he said, referring to the grouping of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The Thai government also expected to facilitate development in the EEC by creating fast tracks such as encouraging more “public-private-people” cooperation, he said.

Thailand plans to invest about Bt700 billion to construct and develop infrastructure in the EEC as part of a five-year plan.

The Kingdom also looked forward to new cooperation and exchanges in industry, innovation and technology as well as support for SMEs, the premier said.

With Japanese SMEs contributing greatly to that country’s economy, accounting for more than 90 per cent of businesses in Japan, Prayut said he expected that they and around 3 million Thai SMEs could help to support each other in creating jobs.

Prayut welcomed at Government House yesterday Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Investment, along with 570 high-level Japanese business people, representatives from economic organisations and SME entrepreneurs who are visiting Thailand from yesterday until tomorrow.

Seko referred to Thailand’s crucial role as Asean’s industrial hub, which Japanese companies have utilised for a long time. “The numbers of Japanese research and development facilities in Thailand is one example,” the minister said. “Our economic-centric cooperation is going to step up as high-level industry development.”


Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, recently presided over the annual State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) awards ceremony at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld.

The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) won two awards, namely “Outstanding Disclosure and Transparency” and “Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility”. Mr. Sermsakool Klaikaew, PEA Governor and Mr. Somphob Tengthabthim, PEA Deputy Governor (Corporate Social Responsibility), were presented the awards by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Those in attendance included members of PEA’s Board of Directors, Mr. Surong Bulakul, Mr. Yodphot Wongrukmit, Assoc. Prof. Dr.Wisuit Sunthonkanokpong, and Mr. Yongyuth Gomet.

The State Enterprise Policy Office (SEPO) held SOE Awards 2017 under the theme “The King’s Philosophy, Development, and Thai Civil State Enterprise” based on self-sufficiency economy and sustainable development, applied for use to move the country forward. 

PEA has set the step to PEA 4.0 to become “The Electric Utility of the Future” by implementing the policy, “Development of human resources through innovation and operational performance through technology”. PEA has committed to the provision of information disclosure, good governance operation as a role model of authority with transparency, coupled with consistent development of the enterprise and responsibility for both society and environment.