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The (terrible) Aunties

Posted by pakin On June - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

They are everyone’s least favourite aunties. They are out and about and they act as if no one else matters. No they have their own Facebook page

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The (terrible) Aunties

They are eveyone’s least favourite aunties. They are middle-aged or senior women, but still quite healthy for their age. They are out and about and they act as if no one else matters.

They push their way into public transport vehicles before the departing passengers can leave. Once inside, they put their belongings on adjacent seats, forcing other passengers to stand. At 7-Eleven stores, they cut into paymentqueues, using their age as the excuse. They also like free things and will take as much as they can.

Now they have a Facebook page devoted to their inconsideratebehaviour. It called “Manut Pa” or “The Aunties” (https://www.facebook.com/KhunPaaaa) and it was opened in March to let people share images or experiences in dealing with these aunties. Many photos are uploaded with the faces overlaid by cartoon masks. It now has over 43,000 likes on the page.

The administrator of the Manut Pa page posted that one of its members went to a bank and got his queue number but when his turn came, a woman appeared out of nowhere, trying to talk the teller into serving her. Luckily for him, another teller saw what was happening and served him.

Amporn Benjapolpitak, director of Rajanukul Institute of the Department of Mental Health, said Thai society had changed. Many people are aware of their rights and they are unwilling to let others take advantage of them, even though they are theirelders or seniors.

She believes Thai people are still generous to the elderly but they might not yield to the aunties who looked healthy and acted in aselfish way.

Curfew ends in Pattaya, Samui, Phuket

Posted by pakin On June - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Following calls from tourism operators, the National Council for Peace Order (NCPO) on Tuesday issued an announcement ending the night curfew in Pattaya city, Koh Samui in Surat Thani, and the entire island province of Phuket.

The No. 52 announcement, signed by NCPO leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, took effect immediately.

The council said the move was intended to restore the tourism atmosphere and cushion negative effects resulting from the ban against residents leaving their home during the curfew period.

Moreover, Pattaya, Samui and Phuket have proved peaceful without reports of anti-coup activities, which the NCPO said could affect national security.

The announcement said the curfew is still in force in other areas until further notice.

The NCPO had earlier said it would consider lifting the curfew selectively in tourist areas where the situation had proved peaceful and there were no anti-coup activities.

The NCPO initially imposed the curfew nationwide between 10pm and 5am. It later shorten the curfew to between midnight and 4am.

The curfew has caused considerable inconvenience and losses of revenue, particularly to operators of entertainment places in tourist areas, not only Pattaya, Samui and Phuket, but also elsewhere — including Koh Pangan off Surat Thani where the next full-moon party has been set.

The Association of Thai Travel Agents urged the coupmakers two weeks ago to relax the cufew in main tourist destinations in the three locations, as well as Hua Hin and Krabi.

Tanongsak Somwong, president of the Tourism Promotion Association of Koh Samui, welcomed the decision by the NCPO after the curfew drove tourists away from the island.

The lifting of the curfew will boost revenue for the island in Koh Samui district of Surat Thani province, he added.

Koh Phangan is not on the announcement by the council.

But Wanneee Thaipanich, president of the Tourism Promotion Association of Koh Phangan, hoped the decision could cover the island as the next full-moon party is set for June 12.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand already cut its 2014 international tourist arrival target to 26.2 million visitors from 28.04 million, but tourism revenue is expected to increase to 1.4 trillion baht from 1.32 trillion on the back of a European tourist recovery.

Last year, the country set a record on foreign tourists at 26.7 million. But prolonged demonstrations followed by the annoucement of martial law and the coup forced the tourism agency to revise down the projection for this year.

Three dead in Pattani, Yala shootings

Posted by pakin On June - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Two rangers and a villager were killed on Tuesday in separate attacks in Pattani and Yala provinces.

The Pattani victims were identified as Prapon Sommaneewan, 40, of Chiang Mai province and Sumpun Aonprawat, 26, of Nakhon Si Thammarat.

They were part of a sixmember patrol unit and were riding a motorcycle along NarathiwatPattani road in Sai Buri district when armed men in a pickup opened fire.

An exchange of gunfire lasting about 10 minutes followed before the assailants fled the scene. Spent shells of rifles and handguns were found at the scene.

The injured rangers were rushed to a hospital nearby but succumbed to their injuries.

Police believed that the assailants were also injured in the firefight. However police and soldiers who sealed off the area failed to locate them.

Meanwhile in Yala’s Bannang Sata district, Ahama Salae, 38, a rubber tapper, was shot to death at his home around 1.30am.

His wife said that a man broke into the house while Ahama, herself and their children were sleeping. The man then shot her husband and left.

Police believed that the attack was designed to cause a disturbance but did not rule out personal dispute.

Farmers to get crisis water deliveries

Posted by pakin On June - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The Department of Royal Irrigation has promised to provide enough water for farmers this year despite predictions of low rainfall levels.

The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) estimates rainfall will decrease by 20% this year. The situation is likely to worsen if El Nino climatic changes take hold. El Nino is a weather phenomenon that periodically warms the Pacific Ocean, with knock-on effects on weather conditions worldwide.

Thanar Suwattana, spokesman for the Department of Royal Irrigation (DRI), said this year’s rainfall predictions are a concern, but officials have been working with the TMD to monitor the situation.

Mr Thanar insisted the department is ready to provide water to farmers if rainfall decreases over the next few months, saying water could be distributed from main reservoirs to agricultural zones.

According to the department, the total volume of water in all reservoirs currently stands at 35.30 billion cubic metres, or about half of storage capacity. The remaining capacity is intended to accommodate rainfall during the rainy season.

TMD deputy chief Songkran Agsorn said this year’s rainfall levels are set to be low because high pressure from China had stopped monsoon patterns from forming. Rain in the South has also decreased because storms in the Pacific Ocean have been veering away from Thailand, he said.

“We expect a smaller number of storms this year, especially in the first half of the rainy season. It is almost dry. We are going to monitor El Nino,” Mr Songkran said.

El Nino could cause severe droughts and increases in sea temperature, which will last about six months to one year, while reduced rainfall will hit in Bangladesh and India as well as Thailand, he added.

Mr Songkran said the department announced the start of rainy season on May 27, two weeks later than usual. The season will end in early October.

According to the department’s climate centre, rainfall across all regions last month was below average based on its 30-year baseline.

Last month, there was 146mm of rainfall in the North compared to the baseline of 177mm; 122mm in the Northeast, down from 187mm; 97mm in the Central region compared to 172mm; 122mm in the eastern South against the average of 143.7mm and 216mm in the western South, compared to the usual 308mm.

Mr Thanar said the water level in Pasak Chonlasit dam in Lop Buri province is around 15% and only 5% in Khun Dan Prakarnchon dam in Nakhon Nayok province.

Bhumipol dam in Tak is currently at 36% capacity, while Sirikit dam in Uttradit is at 38%.

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