Tigers removed from Kanchanaburi’s Tiger Temple

Tigers removed from Kanchanaburi’s Tiger Temple

Discover Thailand with Thailand Discovery

Tigers removed from Kanchanaburi’s Tiger Temple

A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving tigers from Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Tigers removed from Kanchanaburi’s Tiger Temple. A tiger yawns before the officials start moving them from the Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016. Photo: Reuters

Wildlife authorities yesterday raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking.

The Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno, in Kanchanaburi province has more than 100 tigers and has become a tourist destination where visitors take selfies with tigers and bottle-feed their cubs.

The temple promotes itself as a wildlife sanctuary, but in recent years it has been investigated for suspected links to wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

Wildlife activists have accused the temple’s monks of illegally breeding tigers, while some visitors have said the animals can appear drugged. The temple denies the accusations.

Monday’s raid was the latest move by authorities in a tug-of-war since 2001 to bring the tigers under state control.

Adisorn Nuchdamrong, deputy director-general of the Department of National Parks, said the team had been able to confiscate the tigers thanks to a warrant obtained a few hours before the operation.

“We have a court warrant this time, unlike previous times, when we only asked for the temple’s cooperation, which did not work,” Adisorn told Reuters.

“International pressure concerning illegal wildlife trafficking is also part of why we’re acting now.”

Tigers removed from Kanchanaburi’s Tiger Temple

A sedated tiger is seen in a cage as officials start moving tigers from Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

A sedated tiger is put in a cage. Photo: Reuters

Officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said they planned to confiscate and remove more tigers from the temple today and send them to a state-owned sanctuary.

Previous attempts to inspect the tigers have largely been blocked by the temple’s abbots but, in January and February, wildlife officials removed 10 of the tigers.

Thailand has long been a hub for the illicit trafficking of wildlife and forest products, including ivory. Exotic birds, mammals and reptiles, some of them endangered species, can often be found on sale in markets.

The government introduced new animal welfare laws in 2015 aimed at curbing animal abuse, but activists accuse authorities of not enforcing the legislation properly.

Tigers removed from Kanchanaburi’s Tiger Temple

By Coconuts Bangkok May 31, 2016 / 10:35 ICT

Story: Reuters

 

Advertisements
Posted in Bangkok, kanchanaburi, Thailand. Comments Off on Tigers removed from Kanchanaburi’s Tiger Temple

Ten Thai dive sites shut over coral bleaching

Ten Thai dive sites shut over coral bleaching

Discover Thailand with Amazing Thailand

Ten Thai dive sites shut over coral bleaching. Thailand has shut down 10 popular diving sites in a bid to slow the current coral bleaching crisis, an official said yesterday. It’s a surprising and rare move that the decision was made to shun tourism profits in favor of protecting the environment.

The country’s southern coastline and string of islands are home to some of the world’s most prized white sand beaches and scuba sites, and the always-booming tourism industry does much to help the country’s economy.

But warming waters and ever-growing swarms of visitors have damaged coral reefs and local ecosystems.

The National Parks department has now indefinitely closed at least 10 diving spots after a survey found bleaching on up to 80 percent of some reefs.

“The coral reefs are affected by unaware tourists — when they go diving they may touch or step on the reef. Closing those spots will help the reefs recover naturally,” National Park Officer director Reungsak Theekasuk told AFP.

The now-closed dive sites lie off of beaches stretching from Rayong in the east to Satun in the south.

Coral bleaching, primarily caused by warming waters, has been wreaking havoc on the region for years.

It occurs when coral comes under environmental stress —extremely strong sunlight or warmer sea temperatures, for example — and responds by shedding the algae that gives it its famed, brilliant colors.

Coral can survive bleaching, but it becomes more vulnerable to further damage while the condition persists.

Reungsak said the closed dive sites will be inspected ahead of peak tourist season, which starts in November, for possible re-opening.

“Where we see there is still a crisis, we will have to keep the area and reefs preserved,” he said.

The parks department also recently ordered the closure of Koh Tachai, a popular island in the Andaman Sea, to let it recover from environmental damage caused by overcrowding.

Thailand’s vital tourism industry remains one of the few economic bright spots as the junta-led government struggles to kickstart the kingdom’s stumbling economy.

Tourism accounts for around 10 percent of Thailand’s economy, and officials have said they hope to attract 32 million visitors in 2016.

Story: AFP

Posted in Koh Lipe, Thailand. Comments Off on Ten Thai dive sites shut over coral bleaching

UK new visa application centre in Chiang Mai

UK new visa application centre in Chiang Mai. From Monday 16 May customers will be able to use the UK’s new Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Chiang Mai.

Source: UK new visa application centre in Chiang Mai

Posted in Thailand Travel. Comments Off on UK new visa application centre in Chiang Mai

UK new visa application centre in Chiang Mai

UK new visa application centre in Chiang Mai

UK new visa application centre in Chiang Mai. From Monday 16 May customers will be able to use the UK’s new Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Chiang Mai.

UK’s new Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Chiang Mai

The new visa application centre, run by our commercial partners VFS, will make it quicker and easier for customers in Northern Thailand to apply for their UK visas.

Customers can pay extra for a number of premium services offered at the VAC including the 5 day Priority Visa service, Premium Lounge as well as additional services provided by VFS such as ‘’walk in’’ appointments.

Paul Bute, Chargé d’Affaires at the British Embassy said:

This new visa application centre will make it more convenient for our customers in Northern Thailand to apply for their UK visa.

VFS Global successfully manage UK visa application centres all over the world, and we expect that through having this dedicated facility we will welcome more visitors from Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand to the UK.

The new visa application centre is located at:

Siripanich Building, floor 6 B
191 Huaykaew Rd
Suthep
Muang
Chiang Mai 50200

There will be no changes to the visa process for customers, who will continue to apply for their visa and book their visa appointment viahttps://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa. However there will be an extra charge to use this user-pay VAC which is £55 on top of the cost of the visa.

UK new visa application centre in Chiang Mai

Original article

Thailand school dorm fire kills schoolgirls

Thailand school dorm fire kills schoolgirls

Thailand school dorm fire kills schoolgirls

At least 17 girls have been killed by a fire which swept through their school dormitory in northern Thailand.

Police said the fire broke out on Sunday evening when many of the girls, aged between five and 13, were asleep.

One local official told AFP news agency that 38 students had been in the dorm at Pithakkiart Witthaya school at the time – another two girls are missing and five were injured.

Police Col Prayad Singsin said the cause was still under investigation.

Local media showed images of the two-storey building in Chiang Rai consumed by flames, with firefighters tackling the fire.

The deputy governor of Chiang Rai, Arkom Sukapan said some of the students had still been awake so were able escape.

“But others were asleep and could not escape resulting in the large number of casualties.”

The Nation newspaper said the victims bodies had been sent to a local hospital for identification, while a search continues for the missing girls.

The privately run school mostly takes students from hill tribes in the region.

Original BBC breaking news story

 

Posted in Bangkok, Thailand. Comments Off on Thailand school dorm fire kills schoolgirls

Intrusive immigration form mandatory in Phuket

Intrusive immigration form mandatory in Phuket

Discover Thailand with Thailand Discovery.

Intrusive immigration form mandatory in Phuket
Intrusive immigration form mandatory in Phuket. If you are planning to visit Thailand’s resort province of Phuket, you will now be required to furnish a host of personal information, including banking account and social media details to the nation’s Immigration bureau.

Otherwise, failure to submit applications when entering the province will result in consequences, a Immigration official has warned.

Immigration Bureau’s crime suppression unit Deputy Commissioner Maj Gen Chachaval Vachirapaneegul said the details to be filled in the “Foreign National Information Form”, released last Monday, was now a mandatory requirement.

“If a foreigner doesn’t want to fill in their information by themselves, they will be questioned for our records anyway. If they don’t fill in the form, we will suspect their reason,” Chachaval was quoted as saying in Phuket News.

SEE ALSO: Thailand asking foreigners for bank account, social media, and hangout details

Apart from social media and account details, the three-page form asks for foreigners’ contact numbers and email addresses, vehicle registration, and places frequented by the foreigner.

In the form, visitors were warned that: “Providing false information to an officer, shall be punishable under the Penal Code.”

According to the paper, the form covers most types of applications for foreigners.

“This form shall be used for making record of information of every alien entering and staying in the Kingdom of Thailand and shall be submit with Notification of residences for Aliens (section 37, 38 of Immigration Act, BE, 2522), or 90-days notification, or Extension of Stays (all purposes), or Re-entry Permits, or in all cases involving alien labors,” the header reads.

SEE ALSO: Thailand: Foreigners vexed by ‘intrusive’ immigration forms

However, Chachaval did not confirm whether failure to provide certain information would form a basis for applications to be rejected and clarified that the social media account details was optional. He said all other sections were mandatory.

“We will not force people to provide their social media details,” he said.

 

Posted in Phuket, Thailand. Comments Off on Intrusive immigration form mandatory in Phuket

‘Sexy Pancake’ dies of penile cancer

‘Sexy Pancake’ dies of penile cancer

'Sexy Pancake' dies of penile cancer

‘Sexy Pancake’ dies of penile cancer. KHON KAEN: — One of Thai entertainment net idols, Sexy Pancake 2, a male transvestite from Khon Kaen, died Saturday night of cancer at Waeng Noi hospital in Khon Kaen province.

Sexy Pancake 2 or Niwat Sangmor, 27, died at 7.30 pm from Stage 3 penile cancer.

He was admitted to Khon Kaen hospital before Songkran festival.

As his condition did not improve as the cancer has already reached the final stage, his parents took him back to his rural home to fulfill his last wish that he wanted to die at home.

He was taken home but due to the summer heat, his parents asked to admit him to the Waeng Noi district hospital instead where he passed away peacefully at 7.30 pm on Saturday.

As soon as his death was posted on the “Sexy Pancake 2” page on Facebook, many of his followers voiced regret for his early death and expressed sympathy to his parents.

Niwat’s rising to stardom stemmed from the popular Facebook page “Sexy Pancake” which was run by his close friend, Sura Narin, who came up with the idea of posting humorous photographs of a bikini-clad Niwat in various countryside activities.

Set up in May 2013, the page went viral in less than two months and had since gained a huge following among Thai netitizens.

Due to the page’s huge following, Niwat received clothes and other gifts from fans on a regular basis.

According to The Nation, Niwat had been invited to perform at many events and appeared on broadcast television shows.

He appeared at numerous television shows and received continuous work offers in several locations including Bangkok, predominantly in “lady-boy” dance shows.

But both Niwat and Sura ended their tie after the net idol was accused of quietly taking advertising jobs without his knowledge.

Niwat later created his own “Sexy Pancake 2” page on Facebook which became popular in a few months from his followers.

Niwat, who went by the nickname “Pancake”, lived in a small house in Waeng Noi district. He shared a small house and plot of land with his grandmother and a cow. “I had the feeling of being a woman since my childhood.”

As a child, Niwat enjoyed sports and was an athletic kid at school. He said that he was inspired by the 2000 transgender-driven comedy “The Iron Ladies” and wanted to become an athlete.

However, in sixth grade, Niwat had to drop out of school due to a lack of money, and took on hard labouring work to support his grandmother.

Despite not being enrolled in a school, Niwat was home-schooled and managed to earn a high school diploma through adult education.

Collecting money from labouring work, Niwat bought four cows and resold three of them, spending part of the money on renovating the house.

‘Sexy Pancake’ dies of penile cancer

Source: http://englishnews.t…/content/163424

Posted in Bangkok, Thailand. Comments Off on ‘Sexy Pancake’ dies of penile cancer
%d bloggers like this: