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Expat Grocery Survey 2019




You may remember back in May 2018 Thaivisa carried out an expat survey to understand our shopping habits and preferences, it was certainly very interesting information. 


Much can happen in 8 months and we would be very grateful if you could complete our Grocery Survey for 2019. 


Find the survey here: https://kwiksurveys.com/s/vAbnkmz7

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Three killed, four wounded in California bowling alley shooting

By Brendan O'Brien



Police officers investigate a shooting at a bowling alley in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California, U.S., January 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu


(Reuters) - Three men were killed and four wounded in a shooting at a bowling alley in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance and police said early on Saturday they were searching for a suspect or suspects.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076602-three-killed-four-wounded-in-california-bowling-alley-shooting/


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Moscow says FBI arrested Russian a day after it detained ex-U.S. Marine

By Maxim Rodionov and Barbara Goldberg


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Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen detained in Russia for suspected spying, appears in a photo provided by the Whelan family on January 1, 2019. Courtesy Whelan Family/Handout via REUTERS


MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday the United States had detained a Russian citizen, a day after Moscow arrested the former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan on suspicion of spying.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076603-moscow-says-fbi-arrested-russian-a-day-after-it-detained-ex-us-marine/


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German cyber defence agency defends handling of data breach

By Paul Carrel and Holger Hansen


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Security personnel sits behind the bullet-proof window at the headquarters of Germany's BSI national cyber defence body in Bonn, Germany, January 4, 2019, after personal data and documents of German politicians and public figures have been published online. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay


BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's BSI cyber defence agency on Saturday defended its role in responding to a far-reaching data breach, saying it could not have connected individual cases it was aware of last year until the entire data release became public.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076604-german-cyber-defence-agency-defends-handling-of-data-breach/


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No proper exit in Polish 'escape room' where blaze killed five: fire brigade


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Police officers are seen at the site of a fire which broke out in an escape room in Koszalin, Poland January 4, 2019. Picture taken January 4, 2019. Agencja Gazeta/Cezary Aszkielowicz/via REUTERS


WARSAW (Reuters) - Five teenage girls killed by a fire in an "escape room" attraction in Poland might have survived if there had been a proper evacuation route, a senior firefighter said on Saturday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076606-no-proper-exit-in-polish-escape-room-where-blaze-killed-five-fire-brigade/

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Grand jury extended in U.S. special counsel's Trump-Russia probe


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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo/File Photo


(Reuters) - The term of the grand jury being used by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign has been extended, an aide to the judge overseeing it said on Friday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076607-grand-jury-extended-in-us-special-counsels-trump-russia-probe/

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Congo election results delayed past Sunday deadline

By Giulia Paravicini


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Officials from Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) count presidential elections ballots at tallying centre in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner


KINSHASA (Reuters) - Preliminary results from Democratic Republic of Congo's tumultuous presidential election will be delayed past Sunday's deadline, the head of the election commission told Reuters.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076609-congo-election-results-delayed-past-sunday-deadline/


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Phoenix police investigate after woman in coma for decade gives birth

By Barbara Goldberg


(Reuters) - Phoenix police on Saturday were investigating reports of a sexual assault after a woman who has been hospitalised in a vegetative state for the past decade gave birth.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076610-phoenix-police-investigate-after-woman-in-coma-for-decade-gives-birth/


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Solskjaer's United make FA Cup progress, Chelsea through

By Martyn Herman


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Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United v Reading - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2019 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford in action with Reading's Andy Rinomhota REUTERS/Phil Noble


LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed his fifth successive victory since being named interim manager as his much-changed side beat second-tier strugglers Reading 2-0 at home in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076614-solskjaers-united-make-fa-cup-progress-chelsea-through/


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Burnley boss says VAR must be quicker after penalty confusion


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Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Burnley v Barnsley - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - January 5, 2019 Burnley's Matej Vydra waits to take a penalty which is later overturned by VAR Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough


LONDON (Reuters) - Burnley manager Sean Dyche said VAR decisions must be made much more quickly after a bizarre incident during his side's 1-0 FA Cup third-round victory over Barnsley at Turf Moor on Saturday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076615-burnley-boss-says-var-must-be-quicker-after-penalty-confusion/


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Blackpool fan protests on roof of Arsenal team bus


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Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Blackpool v Arsenal - Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Britain - January 5, 2019 Blackpool fans protest against the Oyston family before the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine


(Reuters) - Arsenal's team bus was briefly delayed on the way to their 3-0 FA Cup third round win at Blackpool on Saturday after a home fan climbed onto its roof in protest at the Lancashire seaside club's owners.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076617-blackpool-fan-protests-on-roof-of-arsenal-team-bus/

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Coming face to face with the upgraded and thinner iPad Pro

By Asina Pornwasin  
The Nation Weekend 




The new iPad Pro is so impressive. With its all-new design, it is the thinnest iPad, at 5.9 millimetres. The home button is gone and it comes with Face ID (facial identification) technology.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076618-coming-face-to-face-with-the-upgraded-and-thinner-ipad-pro/


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Curtain comes down on the iconic Dusit Thani

By The Nation




Forty-eight years after it first opened to tourists from around the globe, the iconic Dusit Thani Bangkok on Saturday closed its doors with a tearful farewell by its staff and loyal guests.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076620-curtain-comes-down-on-the-iconic-dusit-thani/


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Pabuk downgraded to ‘tropical depression’, passes into Andaman Sea

By The Phuket News


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Nothing more than grey skies and scattered heavy showers across Phuket this morning (Jan 5). Photo: Khao Phuket

PHUKET: Pabuk has lost speed and moved across land to the Andaman Sea, leaving behind a trail of homes damaged by fallen trees or blown-off roofs and disrupted power networks on the mainland.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076623-pabuk-downgraded-to-‘tropical-depression’-passes-into-andaman-sea/


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PM urges storm-affected people to remain in shelters

By The Nation




People in the southern region affected by the Pabuk storm should remain in shelters for another day until the authorities declare it safe for them to return home, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Saturday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076624-pm-urges-storm-affected-people-to-remain-in-shelters/


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Songkhla's ferry service back to normal after Pabuk moves on

By Santiparb Ramasut 
The Nation



File photo : Songkhla's main ferry on Friday


A main ferry in the Southern province of Songkhla resumed operation on Saturday in the wake of tropical storm Pabuk.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076625-songkhlas-ferry-service-back-to-normal-after-pabuk-moves-on/


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Storm-affected dog stirs outpouring of sympathy

By The Nation




Lala, a Thai Bangkaew dog, in Nakhon Si Thammarat provice, has become a sensation on social media after photos of her lying on a chair in rain were posted on a Facebook page.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076627-storm-affected-dog-stirs-outpouring-of-sympathy/


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Commerce Min monitoring supply of goods in storm-hit areas

Thammarat Thadaphrom




The Ministry of Commerce is monitoring the supply of everyday products in all areas affected by Tropical Storm Pabuk.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076629-commerce-min-monitoring-supply-of-goods-in-storm-hit-areas/


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PM’s concerns about tropical storm Pabuk

Na-ark Rojanasuvan




The Prime Minister has expressed his concerns over the well-being of southern residents, currently affected by tropical storm Pabuk, after receiving a report that the storm has touched down in the coastal area of Nakhon Si Thammarat, and is moving towards Surat Thani Province. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076630-pm’s-concerns-about-tropical-storm-pabuk/


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Govt stresses commitment to ending informal loans

Thammarat Thadaphrom




The Thai government has reiterated its commitment to putting an end to the issue of informal loans or non-conventional debt, which it sees as an adversity faced by the poor and many agriculturists. 


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076631-govt-stresses-commitment-to-ending-informal-loans/


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Top 10 scams in Thailand

By Tim Newton, a seven-year expat and victim of many of these scams…



PHOTO: Thai Travel News


Firstly, I should say that just about any hot tourist spot around the world is going to attract people, sometimes greedy locals, who will be specialists at extracting dollars from your pockets.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076632-top-10-scams-in-thailand/


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Russians race to Thailand


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Thailand is Russia’s destination of choice for the New Year 2019 festive period. Photo: Tatsuya Fukata / Flickr

PHUKET: Thailand will be the most popular foreign destination for Russian travellers this New Year festive season, the Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) has revealed. Russian’s own Sochi is the most popular domestic destination.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076633-russians-race-to-thailand/

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Photo Gallery : Clean-up begins, as Pabuk departs

By Photo and Story : Charoon Thongnual//The Nation




Tropical storm Pabuk has exited Nakhon Si Thammarat towards the Andaman Sea, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Numerous houses were damaged and also public infrastructure such as electric poles and roads among others.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076636-photo-gallery-clean-up-begins-as-pabuk-departs/


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Thai immigration reveals new requirements for retirement, marriage extensions (visas)




Thai immigration have confirmed the new requirements for foreigners when applying for an extension of stay based on retirement, marriage or being a parent to a Thai child.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076642-thai-immigration-reveals-new-requirements-for-retirement-marriage-extensions-visas/


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No breakthrough in U.S. shutdown talks, Pelosi plans new legislation


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Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Senior White House Advisor Stephen Miller walk to the West Wing before a meeting with Congressional staffers about ending the partial government shutdown at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 5, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would pass new legislation to try to reopen parts of the government next week after talks between the Trump administration and Democratic negotiators on Saturday failed to end a two-week partial government shutdown.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076644-no-breakthrough-in-us-shutdown-talks-pelosi-plans-new-legislation/

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6 killed, 50 injured after bus overturns in Pathum Thani



Image: Thairath


Six people, including a baby girl, were killed and 50 others injured when a double decker bus overturned in Pathum Thani early on Sunday morning.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1076650-6-killed-50-injured-after-bus-overturns-in-pathum-thani/


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