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  1. and now this:


    Safe passage to Canada sought for Thai witness of Pai killing

    The family of 24-year-old Leo Del Pinto, who was shot dead by a Thai policeman in Pai has called on the Canadian government to give safe passage to Carly Reisig and her Thai boyfriend, as they claim they fear for their lives.


    In a statement issued through their spokesman Ross Fortune in Calgary the family complained that neither the Canadian or Thai Governments have provided answers to what happened to Leo, 24, from Calgary and Carly Reisig, 24, of Chilliwack, British Columbia early last Sunday morning.


    "Carly and her Thai boyfriend are in fear for their lives and feel they require help from the Canadian government. The couple have been threatened that it is not safe for them to return to their residence in Pai as the police officer responsible is still out on bail.


    "The Canadian Government has not assigned anyone to watch over and protect Carly and her boyfriend at this point in time. This is of great concern to the Del Pinto family as Carly and her boyfriend are the only two reliable witnesses to the murder of Del Pinto.


    "Carly communicated that she and her boyfriend are attempting to return to Canada, where they will feel safer in continuing their pursuit of justice for Leo. This will require special accommodations by the government as her boyfriend is a Thai citizen. The Del Pinto family supports the decision for Carly to return to Canada and asks that the government expedites this process as quickly as possible so that Carly and her boyfriend can be in a safe environment."


    Nobody in Pai has come forward to support Carly's claim that Sergeant Uthai Dechawiwat made an unprovoked attack on her and Leo and then deliberately shot Leo in the head, and later on the ground in the heart, before turning his gun on her.


    Instead she has been called a 'troublemaker' who caused the incident by hitting the policeman.


    Her Thai boyfriend Rattaporn Varawadee has remained by her bedside in Chiang Mai Ram hospital and has been careful to say little apart from "Nothing any of us did justifies the policeman pulling his gun and shooting."


    Carly Reisig has insisted she will return for the trial of Sergeant Dechawiwat out of a Canadian Government 'Victims of Crime' fund. Yesterday she made an anxious call to Canada saying the police wanted to take her out of Chiang Mai back to Pai.


    Andrew Drummond

    Special to the Nation

  2. I'm a full time resident in Bangkok.

    I didn't go looking for these people. I bought a DSLR camera last year and started playing tourist. Everywhere I went I got approached...constantly.

    now THIS statement surprises me! for how long are you resident? as i said those people know pretty well their pride. i never get approached and i am also pretty often in those areas where they operate. even touts usually do not approach me; and two words in thai is enough to get them run off!

    do you look like a choirboy? :neener:


  3. the farang beggar is a plant of the nationalistic PPP so that they can claim that there are no foreign quality tourists in lower Sukhumvit, which is of course absolutely true!

    NO quality tourist stays at lower Sukhumvit! that's why all the gem scammers are at locations, where the real quality tourists stay like Erawan, Silom, around Oriental/Shangrila, Grand Palace area and not at lower Sukhumvit!

    and that's why a lot of our fellow board members are not at all affected by those scammers and therefore give a shit as they never make it outside their lower Sukhumvit Ghetto!

    the scammers for the big money of the quality tourists and the beggars for the coins of the lower Sukhumvit tourists!

    that's the real Thai scheme! comprende?

  4. Mundus vult decipi.

    iuytrede thanks for your insight:

    quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur!

    your statement remembers me about the feelings, many of us living in Thailand sometimes have:

    odi et amo quare id faciam fortasse requiris nescio sed fieri sentio et excrucior

    everywhere in the world people try to exploit other people due to one reason:

    Radix malorum est cupiditas!

    the OP just tried to help others to avoid to become victims:

    praemonitus praemanitus!

    but then we have to realize that this is not our country:

    Si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more, si fueris alibi, vivito sicut ibi!

    after reading through this thread i can only say:

    Amici, diem perdidi! :neener:


  5. I was under the impression, from what I ve read, that CD4 count in a healthy person is between 600-1200 range.


    But I m sure he said 450 is the average. However maybe that is for an HIV+ person.

    you are right! CD4 of a non infected, healthy person is between 600 - 1200


    450 in average must be some misunderstanding. i do not think there can be a reasonable statement about a average value of a HIV+ person. CD4 decreases over time, for some faster, for others slowly but there can also be up's and down's. once you take medication CD4 increases significantly. some people with very low CD4 show no symptoms of AIDS, others with higher values show already symtoms


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