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  1. Pattaya aims to eliminate prostitution and control beaches Published: 31 Aug 2014 at 06.25 | Viewed: 2,444 | Comments: 0Newspaper section: NewsWriter: Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai Pattaya officials are racing... http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/429647/sin-city-races-ncpo-to-clean-up-its-act
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    Visa Runs Over

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/No-more-visa-runs-30238504.html No more visa runs Mayuree Sukyingcharoenwong, Somchai Samart The Nation July 15, 2014 1:00 am Immigration authorities will not let visa runners return after August 12 FOREIGNERS WHO do regular visa runs in order to extend their stay in Thailand have less than a month before a crackdown by the authorities to enforce immigration laws more strictly. From August 13, people will not be able to re-enter the country, regardless of their choice of transport. The Immigration Bureau has already instructed officials to deny entry to foreigners doing visa runs as a measure to stop the exploitation of tourist visas and visa exemptions to live or work here. Visa runs have been common among foreigners in Thailand recently, given that a simple search on the Net turns up several companies offering "visa trips" for expatriates staying or working here. Visa runners are those who leave Thailand and return immediately for the purpose of extending their stay. By exploiting 60-day tourist visas and 30-day visa exemptions, many foreigners can work illegally in language schools, or restaurants and other businesses. It is easier for some to get jobs this way, as some employers do not want to go through the complicated process of seeking work permits and like to avoid the expense if they can. "I have done visa runs several times before, because my employers would not agree to seek a work permit until I passed their probation period. So, when you stop allowing visa runs, the lives of many foreigners in Thailand will be affected," a 46-year-old American said. Meanwhile, the Immigration Bureau website says: "Leniency will be granted until August 12, but only for passengers arriving by air. Foreigners who come to Thailand must seek a proper visa in line with the purpose of their intended stay here." Now, those on a visa run who are allowed back in will find an "O-I" (Out-In) mark next to their latest stamp marking entry. From August 13, nobody with an O-I sign on their passport will be allowed to re-enter Thailand if they cannot produce a proper visa. The Immigration Bureau has instructed checkpoints on shared borders to stop visa runners from entering the Kingdom effective immediately. Immigration Division 6 chief Pol Maj-General Tatchai Pitaneelabut, who oversees immigration affairs in the South, said visa runners come from several countries, including Vietnam, South Korea and Russia. "They come here to work as tour guides, waiters, waitresses, etc," he said, pointing out that these visa-runners are often based in tourist centres such as Phuket and Songkhla. However, he said the presence of the so-called "out-in" migrants in the South had been significantly reduced because immigration officials were already enforcing stricter laws. Pol Lt-Colonel Weerawat Nilwat, an inspector at the Sungai Kolok border checkpoint in Narathiwat province, disclosed that immigration officials at his workplace had already barred more than 100 visa-runners from re-entering the Kingdom. "We have to be strict because we have to uphold laws and properly control immigrants. Efficiency on this front will also reduce crime," he said. Pol Colonel Thirachai Dedkhad, the superintendent at the Sa Kaew checkpoint, said officials under his supervision were not stopping visa runners from re-entering yet. "But we have been warning them to acquire a proper visa before they come to Thailand the next time." He said immigration officials had also warned people departing that they must obtain a proper visa if they want to come back. "We have made it clear that if they want to work in Thailand, they must seek a work permit and get the right type of visa," Thirachai said.
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    Visa Runs Over

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Crackdown-on-tourist-visas-sees-dozens-turned-away-30238510.html PHUKET: Tourists unable to prove the legitimacy of their trip to Thailand are being turned away despite having tourist visas issued by Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed Lt Col Banphot Kittivira, deputy superintendent of the Immigration checkpoint at Sadao. The Sadao checkpoint, the portal for Phuket visa runners bound for Malaysia, sees about 100 foreigners denied entry into the Kingdom per month, Col Banphot noted. "If tourists can't provide us with details about their trip to Thailand, we will refuse them entry," said Col Banphot. "We are being very strict about this because some foreigners are using a tourist visa to enter the country and work - this is the wrong type of visa for this. "Foreigners who are using many tourist visas to enter Thailand multiple times for nearly a year or more are very suspicious." Col Banphot explained that legitimate tourists need to clarify what activities they plan on participating in while in Thailand. Additionally, proof of hotel reservations will help them gain entry. "I think between 60 and 90 days is enough for most people to travel in Thailand," Col Banphot said. Phuket Gazette
  4. Hard to find the individual as described, and have influence at the same time. Since they seem to have come up with something reasonable, how about a proxy PM approach by committee, not one person but a group with stature. Consult each other for a consensus in private and release decisions via a press spokesman. From above: "The group includes Surichai Wungaeo and Chantana Banpasirichote, Chulalongkorn University political scientists; Chaiwat Satha-Anand, founder and director of the Peace Information Centre at Thammasat University; and General Ekkachai Srivilas, director of the Office of Peace and Governance at King Prajadhipok's Institute."
  5. This thread is one reason, nobody reads this board anymore. Totally useless ...
  6. http://www.bahtsold.com/en/quicksearch?co=Thailand-1&c=1009&ca=7&pr=6&submit=
  7. Truly one of the most “Insanely Great†innovators ever to live.
  8. All rolled together, for me makes for a less pleasurable casual read.
  9. I do not like it as much. The board is not as easy to read. 1) Forum Index in the boxes makes the eyes bounce, if your eyes are like mine, need to refocus into each box. (yup, bad eyesight and getting old, I guess my bad eyesight, I notice the bounce more) 2) White background and type is two small, not comfortable. 3) Jump to, Not Yet Read, is very big,unless a extremely interesting thread, not going to thumb the post to find out where I left off. 4) Bland, hard to explain, but less character, just another board. MANY people will vote with their feet, may not even think about the reason. I think you will see this in reduced traffic over time. If you do not see it already ?
  10. It is a bit better, thanks. What makes the eyes crazy however, is the Thai360 AND Forum page, generally what I was referring too.
  11. Well, I do not use the full width, I have about 10+ sites (6 of'em major newspapers), I regularly visit, not an issue, for any of the others or the last version of Thai360, very rare when it is an issue. I am set so I never have justify left to right, to view width of an entire IE browser page (125%) HD 17" Sony Notebook (1920 by 1200 pixel), while seeing 2 columns of most used program icons to the left, and seeing who is online yahoo and messenger to the right. I guess with my less than perfect and still fading with age eyesight, it more of an issue for me, color, size and refocusing, not as comfortable.
  12. I think he means, when he clicks on a forum, he wants to go directly to post(s) he has not yet read, in the thread, 122 replies - 7 unread, click and jump to the 7, for example. The Forums page blocking, colors and font size and style are not easy on the eyes, spread across the field of white. What you do not need to read but once BIG/bright, and what you want small, blocking prevents smooth normal reading, rather your eyes have to refocus into box. Spellcheck, needs to be download ?
  13. By JUERGEN BAETZ The Associated Press updated 7/15/2011 7:39:22 AM ET 2011-07-15T11:39:22 BERLIN — Thailand's foreign minister was visiting Germany Friday in a bid to retrieve a plane used by the Crown Prince that was impounded earlier this week in a long-running commercial dispute. Kasit Piromya requested a meeting Thursday and will discuss the matter with German deputy foreign minister Cornelia Pieper Friday, the Foreign Ministry in Berlin said. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is currently in Mexico. The Boeing 737 "Royal Flight" was seized in Germany on Tuesday as part of a long-running court battle over payments between a German construction company and the Thai government. The company maintains the plane belongs to the government. Thailand, however, says it is the property of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and therefore can not be impounded in the commercial dispute. The bankruptcy administrator of German construction firm Walter Bau AG said this week the plane was seized at Munich airport on court order because of the Thai government's refusal to pay €30 million ($42 million) it owes the company under a contract agreed to more than 20 years ago to build and operate a toll highway in Thailand. A spokesman for the firm, Alexander Goerbing, maintained Friday that the plane was a legitimate target because aviation registries showed it as the property of the Thai government. "We got this impounding order based on an excerpt from an aviation registry saying that the plane belonged to the government," he said. "The court viewed those documents as being valid." Germany's Foreign Ministry said the government could not comment on the ownership of the plane. But Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said the embassy in Bangkok had previously contacted Thai authorities over the long-running commercial dispute, and the German government respects the decision to impound the plane made by the independent judiciary. Deputy minister Pieper "will have polite, friendly and dedicated talks" with her Thai counterpart, he added. The Boeing 737 has sat idle at Munich airport since Tuesday, with photos showing the court order "against the Kingdom of Thailand represented by the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva" affixed to its door. Government planes usually have diplomatic status — making them mostly off-limit to the judiciary of foreign countries — but that only holds when they are traveling on official purpose, not private trips. Vajiralongkorn is a frequent visitor to Germany. Vajiralongkorn, 58, is the designated heir to the Thai throne, now held by his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is in poor health. The 83-year-old is revered by most Thais for his dedication to public service, but Vajiralongkorn has not yet had a chance to earn the same level of respect. A qualified military pilot with the Air Force rank of Air Chief Marshal, in recent years he has also learned to pilot civilian craft. Thailand's foreign minister was visiting Germany... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43765946/ns/world_news-europe/
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    Would it not be the case at 11:59 + 99/100 they move together, to Noon or Midnight ? Therefore 24 times, twice in the smallest fraction of a second apart? Or 23 times, because Midnight (00:00) is the new day ? Or does the move off of Midnight to 00:00:01 also happen, smallest fraction ? Back to 24? What about the smallest fraction before and after Noon ? Would that be 24, 25 or 26?
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