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Thailand Live Monday 29 August 2011

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TV reporter dies in accident

By Prasit Tangprasert

The Nation

Nakhon Ratchasima


A young TV reporter for the ThaiPBS station was killed in a road accident in Nakhon Ratchasima while on her way back from covering a report on people affected by the Rasi Salai Dam.

The accident also injured a TV cameraman and his assistant cameraman/driver.

Issarawan Jamlongpeng, a 23-year-old reporter, was thrown from the car when it crashed into an electricity pole on a road in Pak Thong Chai district. She died at the scene.

The vehicle was seriously damaged and trapped inside were TV cameraman Sakda Dullayacheewa, 30, and his assistant/driver Preechaphon Kamon, 40. Both were injured but are in a safe condition.

"I am so sorry and I feel sorry for Nong Eye (Issarawan)," Preechaphon said tearfully. He said a female motorcyclist suddenly cut in front of his car, apparently while making a U-turn. "I applied the brakes and steered the wheel away from her, causing the car to lose control, slide off the road and bang into the electricity pole," Preechaphon said.

Preechapon described Issarawan as a good and diligent girl.

She had just graduated from Bangkok University.

ThaiPBS station's news-programme editor Korkhet Chantalertlak rushed from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima to check on the TV crew.


-- The Nation 2011-08-29

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No Thais hurt in US hurricane

By The Nation

Thais have apparently survived Hurricane Irene after it slammed into the East Coast of the United States.

"So far, there is no report of Thai casualties from the natural disaster," Thani Thongpakdi, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said yesterday.

Some 10,000 Thais are counted in New York, 5,000 in Boston and 1,000 in North Carolina, he said.

Most Thais living in the US are students, businessmen, medical personnel or restaurant owners, he said. However many were affected by the storm.

The Thai consulate in New York informed the ministry that Thai associations and Buddhist temples have provided shelter and necessary aid to them, he said.

A Thai from Manhattan is now under the care of the Thai consulate, he said.

Those in need of assistance can contact the consulate at (718) 358 3876.


-- The Nation 2011-08-29

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Sad video: Elderly South Korean man offers his seat to foreigner, but man mistakenly thinks he said "nigger" /via@mrpoppel

Source with comments:

"Niga" means "You". The old man was offering his seat to him ("You can sit here" = Niga Yuh gi anja")
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PM Sends Help to Thais Affected by Hurricane Irene

The prime minister has instructed the Foreign Ministry to provide aid to Thais in New York who have been affected by tropical storm Irene, which battered the East Coast of the United States.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said in an interview yesterday morning that she has ordered the Foreign Ministry to help Thais who have been affected by Hurricane Irene.

Though thankfully, there have been no initial reports of damage amongst the Thai community there thus far.

The hurricane has weakened to a tropical storm.

Meanwhile, Thai Consul-General in New York Piriya Khempon revealed that yesterday, the state of New York imposed an evacuation order in high risk areas which were vulnerable to hurricane Irene.

The Consul is arranging shelters for Thais living in the affected areas.

He added that the United States has prepared local hotels and universities as evacuation centers in many key cities, including Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

Thais in New York can contact the Thai Consul via phone, at +718-358-3876.

Irene Hurricane hit Manhattan on Sunday at 2 P.M. local time. People have been left without power, while the public transport system has been temporarily shut down.

All flights were canceled.

Even though the hurricane has weakened to a tropical storm, President Barack Obama has come out to warn that Irene is still a threat.


-- Tan Network 2011-08-29


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Pheu Thai: No visa request for Thaksin

BANGKOK, 29 August 2011 (NNT) – The Pheu Thai Party has dismissed the rumour that Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul was to request the British authorities to grant a visa for ex-Prime Minister Police Lieutenant Colonel Thaksin Shinawatra.

Pheu Thai Party Spokesperson Prompong Nopparit criticised the Democrat Party, particularly Acting Democrat Party Spokesperson Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, for making a groundless allegation against the foreign minister.

Mr Prompong stated that Mr Chavanond gave unconstructive news to the press and was trying to play politics in an effort to discredit the government. He lambasted the Democrat spokesperson for failing to consider the foreign relations and national interest.

The Pheu Thai spokesperson confirmed with the press that he had already asked the foreign minister about the matter and had been confirmed that such a thing did not take place, and the minister knew nothing about it.

Mr Prompong then asked the Democrat Party to probe the press briefing given by Mr Chavanond, also former secretary to the previous foreign minister. He said a press conference should be held for providing facts, not for personal satisfaction.


-- NNT 2011-08-29 footer_n.gif

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