Man unleashes snakes at Ratchaprasong intersection

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Man unleashes snakes at Ratchaprasong intersection

national April 24, 2019 20:06

By The Nation

A man parked his brand new Mercedes-Benz in the middle of the busy Ratchaprasong intersection on Wednesday evening, dropped a bag of cobras on the street and also cut himself with a long knife.

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The man held the snakes and walked towards bystanders who fled the scene in shock, including a traffic policeman.

Some news agencies reported that the man appeared to be a foreigner.

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Witnesses said the man drove his black car, with a red plate, to the middle of the intersection and parked it there. He carried a bag from which he let out the snakes.

Thai Rath online claimed that he chopped off the heads of the reptiles.

He was later taken to Pathumwan Police Station for interrogation. There was no report on the whereabouts of the rest of the snakes.


Bangkok father beats ‘migrant’ for touching daughter

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bangkok father beats ‘migrant’ for touching daughter

national April 24, 2019 16:30

By The Thaiger

The father of a female student assaulted a man who he said touched his daughter’s bottom in Lat Phrao, Bangkok, on Tuesday night.

A witness said the girl waits for her father at a soi not far from her house to pick her up every day after school.

A man allegedly approached and touched her bottom. She asked what he was doing and he ran away but a passing taxi motorbike followed him.

The girl’s father arrived at the same time and approached the man, who was later identified as a migrant worker. The father hit the man repeatedly before calling the police.

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Companies, including media, need sexual-harassment policies, experts tell seminar

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Companies, including media, need sexual-harassment policies, experts tell seminar

national April 24, 2019 15:35

By The Nation

Anti-sexual harassment advocates and legal experts have called on society and the media to stand up against sexual harassment by refusing to tolerate it, and to introduce a new code of conduct against harassment as well as against media malpractice within media organisations.

The experts agreed that only the tip of the iceberg has so far been seen as unreported cases of sexual harassment remain rampant.

They shared their expertise and views at a recent seminar on building knowledge against sexual harassment. The event was organised by the National Union of Thai Journalists under the Thai Journalists Association, in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Norsk Jornalistlag, Norway’s journalist union.

The problem, they said, occurs to different degrees ranging from mild actions to violent sexual acts, and usually involves people close to the victims. Given the lack of consent, these all fall under the term “sexual violence”, which the victims could bring to justice as the laws now provide a blanket for them to fight their cases.

“People often think sexual violence only means non-consensual physical acts, but in fact any kind of sex-related expressions without consent of the other party – even just verbal teasing – is sexual harassment and action should be taken to stop it,” said Dr Varaporn Chamsanit, a project manager of the Women’s Well-being and Gender Justice Programme.

Weerasak Chotivanich, a former vice president of the Law Council of Thailand, said sexual harassment can impact people of all ages and in every group in society, even within the media itself.

Current laws aim to protect their rights and they should know about them, Weerasak said. As well, protection has been extended to cover other sex-related harassment through both the Criminal Code and the amended Labour Protection Law, which could result in a month-long jail term and a fine of up to Bt20,000.

To prevent the problem, the media should introduce a new code of conduct and ensure the workplace culture is intolerant of sexual harassment.

The new code of conduct could also help guide media firms to avoid violating other people’s rights when reporting on cases, said Monthira Nakvichian from the UN Women communications unit.

The UN, she said, is serious about this issue and has a code of conduct in place for its organisations and workers, as well as for other organisations that work with the UN to follow.

Those who have their rights violated could file a complaint to ensure procedures and protections are strictly enforced under the code of conduct.

“It cannot be compromised,” said Monthira.

The UN’s code of conduct could provide a model for countries or organisations to adapt and apply to their circumstances, she said.

Bereaved mother demands prison death inquiry

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bereaved mother demands prison death inquiry

national April 24, 2019 15:33

By The Nation

The mother of a 40-year-old man who died in a Si Sa Ket prison after being convicted of drink driving during Songkran festival has demanded a Justice Ministry inquiry.

Surin Kethom visited the Justice Ministry with her lawyer, Ronnarong Kaewpet, to submit a petition asking for justice for her son, Prompanya Kethom.

Prompanya was taken from the prison to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His family was told that he was injured after tripping in the prison. The post mortem said his body was covered in bruises and his brain was swollen.

The Corrections Department’s deputy director general visited the prison and ordered the transfer of its chief, Somboon Puttachart.

Prompanya was jailed as he had no money to pay his fines and was allegedly beaten by other inmates in the overcrowded prison. Convicted drink drivers have to stay in jail for one night for every Bt500 of their fine they are unable to pay.

Ronnarong, the lawyer, said the family demanded that those responsible at the ministry should be held accountable.

The family also asked the Justice Ministry to help pay the lawyer’s fees, Ronnarong said, adding the mother also asked for compensation from the ministry’s criminal victim compensation fund as she believed her son was the victim of unlawful death.

Prompanya was arrested during the Songkran festival during which thousands of drink drivers were detained. It caused prison overcrowding as a large number of those convicted could not afford the fines.

The family asked why the video of the incident had not been shown and why the department had already punished those involved.

Journalist couple at war over young daughter

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Journalist couple at war over young daughter

Breaking News April 24, 2019 15:19

By Khanathit Srihirundaj
The Nation

A former TV reporter filed a complaint with the Police Crime Suppression Division (CSD) in Bangkok on Wednesday alleging that her husband, also a journalist, has been subjecting her to physical and mental attack since she was four months into her pregnancy three years ago.

Dara (not her real name) put the assaults down to differing views on child raising.

After giving birth over a year ago, she turned to counselling – common among new mums nowadays. However, she said, her husband continued the abuse, claiming she was seeking counselling because she was mentally ill.

On April 16, her husband changed the locks in their home and stopped her from having access to their daughter. So, she filed a complaint with the Bangkok Noi precinct and had police officers accompany her home, Dara said.

Upon arriving, she said, her husband refused to let her in and challenged her to take him to court. However, her mother-in-law stepped in and promised to help negotiate matters, so Dara agreed to drop the complaint.

However, after a few days of living together, Dara said she was assaulted again, so she decided to call on CSD to help her gain access to her daughter and collect her belongings from the house.

Supensri Pungkhoksung, a women’s-rights advocate and executive at a gender-equality promoting foundation, who accompanied Dara to the house, said that though Thailand already has a law that protects women from domestic violence, officials do not provide timely aid to victims. Hence, she said, it was about time related agencies such as the police and the Social Development and Human Security Ministry stepped in.

Meanwhile, CSD deputy inspector Pol Captain Pichanon Pleumsud said Dara’s husband has agreed to deliver her belongings to police, adding that the child-custody issue would have to be determined in court. He also said that police were investigating the case, and once Dara has been medically examined, the husband will be summoned to give his side of the story.

Durian farmers face devastation as trees die from extreme drought in Uttaradit

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Long Laplae durians

Durian farmers face devastation as trees die from extreme drought in Uttaradit

national April 24, 2019 13:56

By Boonpim Baiya
The Nation

The current drought and extreme summer heat could damage half of Uttaradit’s crop of iconic Long and Lin Laplae durians, the provincial governor and farmers fear.

The much-loved varieties fetch over Bt1,000 per kilogram in fruit retail sales or a Bt50,000 reservation fee per tree even before it bears fruit. But this lower northern province has this year already seen many durian, langsat and longkong trees wither.

Uttaradit governor Thanakorn Ungchitpaisarn on Wednesday led officials in an urgent visit to Doi Laplae in Tambon Na Nok Kok of Laplae district, where they inspected damages to the fruit orchards caused by a water shortage. They were saddened to find all fruit trees were withering and dying.

The weather in Uttaradit has been over 40 degrees Celsius for almost a week, and orchards have suffered a prolonged period with no rain.

Officials said that if there were no rainfall within this week, the damage to Uttaradit’s s economy-boosting durian, langsat and longkong fruit – which was almost at 40 per cent now – would rise well beyond 50 per cent and perhaps reach 100 per cent.

Durian and longkong trees usually take at least eight years to be mature enough to bear fruit.

Only a portion of the first batch of durians from Laplae had made it to market, while the second and third batches would be affected, official said.

Thanakorn said he would ask the Chiang Mai royal rainmaking unit to study the feasibility of artificially producing rain over the area to alleviate the problem.

Farmers in the meantime were forced to carry gallons of water to spray over fruit-bearing trees as their top priority, while having to let those that had not yet borne fruit die, said the governor.

Longkong farmer Maron Ngernla said her fruit-bearing longkong trees were shedding dry leaves, a sign they were dying.

“This is the worst conditions in 40 years,” she said. In a plea for help, the farmer lamented that her income would be affected, while she still needed to pay off her debts to a local co-op and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.

Final touches being applied to grand coronation scene at Rattanakosin

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Final touches being applied to grand coronation scene at Rattanakosin

national April 24, 2019 12:05

By The Nation

Landscaping work on Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island in preparation for His Majesty the King’s coronation procession will be capped this month with a “Big Cleaning Day” on April 26.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and allies is holding the event to spruce up the route of the procession as well as sites used in the coronation ceremonies.

BMA Permanent Secretary Silpsuay Raweesangsoon, who led officials to inspect the progress of work on Tuesday afternoon, said road repairs, drain-cleaning, traffic markings, decoration with flags and flowering plants and installation of the “Soom Chalermphrakiat” commemorative arches was almost 100 per cent complete along the Liab Phranakhon royal procession’s seven-kilometre route.

Silpsuay added that after a little fine-tuning, the improvement works would be finished by the end of April – days ahead of the May 4 to 6 coronation ceremonies.

Only certified personnel can prescribe cannabis drugs

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Only certified personnel can prescribe cannabis drugs

national April 24, 2019 01:00


ONLY certified alternative-medicine practitioners with special training will be permitted to prepare and prescribe cannabis-containing medicines to patients, regulatory authorities insist. Preparations and prescriptions must be done at hospitals only.

Dr Pramote Stienrut, deputy director-general of the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, said last Thursday that the first round of the two-day training would be provided on April 29 and 30.

At present, there are 16 approved formulas of cannabis-containing medicines in Thailand.

“These medicines have already established clear proof of their effectiveness and that they are rooted in local wisdom,” he said.

Pramote said that if alternative-medicine practitioners wish to prepare other cannabis-containing medicinal formulas, they must first seek prior approval from his department. Records of Thai traditional medicines list 96 formulas with the herb. But further research or solutions to legal constraints are required for 80 of them.

“So if anyone wishes to work on any of these 80 formulas, we need to review their applications first. We need to make sure that they are safe and are fully in line with the knowledge of Thai traditional medicine before granting an approval,” Pramote said.

Once endorsed as being Thai traditional medicine, such formulas have the potential for widespread use if research is conducted on them based on scientific procedures. Thailand has only recently legalised medical marijuana and it is still classified under law as an illegal narcotic. Anyone who possesses or uses “pot” is liable to a jail term.

Early this month, an official at the Kwan Khao Foundation was arrested for marijuana possession. The case caused a public uproar as the foundation, led by prominent folk-remedy doctor Decha Siriphat, has a reputation for helping people. Decha has had about 5,000 patients and won acceptance from many respectable institutes.


Cannabis conditions for folk doctors

TOTAL number of folk-remedy doctors in Thailand: 59,414 What are the requirements for them to qualify to legally

administer medical marijuana?

1. Being certified as folk-remedy doctors by the Public Health Ministry;

2. Having received special training in medical-marijuana use;

3. Having received licences from the Food and Drug Administration;

4. That they prepare and dispense only the approved 16 traditional formulas; and

5. That they seek permission if they wish to prepare and dispense other formulas.

Cannabinoid extract ‘works for cancer’

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Rangsit University’s Medical Cannabis Research Institute researcher Famira Madaka, centre, shows a cannabinoid extract inside a test tube during a laboratory press tour at the opening ceremony for the new institute yesterday. Photo Pratch Rujivanarom
  • A Thai medical researcher at the Rangsit University displays marijuana extract in a laboratory of the Medicinal Cannabis Research Centre, inside the Rangsit University (RSU) in Bangkok yesterday. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

Cannabinoid extract ‘works for cancer’

national April 24, 2019 01:00


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Rangsit University researchers ready to test potential lung-cancer treatment with clinical trials on Humans.

A RANGSIT University research team has revealed that its studies had shown a cannabinoid extract could help treat lung cancer.

Asst Professor Surang Leelawat, director of the newly founded Medical Cannabis Research Institute of the College of Pharmacy at Rangsit University, revealed the breakthrough at a press conference at the opening ceremony of the institute yesterday.

Surang said her team of researchers had found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBN), which are extracted from cannabis, can stop the growth of lung cancer cells in mice and thus offer the promise of becoming new anti-lung-cancer agents in humans.

Surang said this was another step forward in finding an effective treatment that could save many lives, as lung cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and there was no effective way yet to treat this fatal disease.

“Our clinical trials in the laboratory and on animals of the lung-cancer treatment proficiency of three major cannabinoid compounds – THC, CBD [Cannibidiol], and CBN – showed that THC and CBN can effectively deter cancer growth, confirming the potential of using cannabis to treat lung cancer in humans,” she said. “Even though it is too early to claim that cannabis can cure cancer, this promising research result will be developed further through a phase of clinical trials in humans. We hope that we will find an effective treatment for lung cancer in the near future.”

A Thai medical researcher at the Rangsit University displays marijuana extract for use in marijuana-based medicines at a laboratory of the Medicinal Cannabis Research Centre, inside the Rangsit University (RSU) in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 April 2019. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

Rangsit University rector Arthit Ourairat praised the major breakthrough as another proof of the usefulness of cannabis for medical treatment, underlining the university’s pursuit of further medical cannabis research and development efforts by setting up a new institute.

Arthit said the university had already contacted some major hospitals to work together for human trials in the development of cannabinoid medicine for treating lung cancer.

“As Rangsit University has opened the Medical Cannabis Research Institute to be a focal institution to develop medicines and new medical treatment techniques from cannabis, we are not only focusing on developing conventional cannabinoid medicines, but also improving the use of medical cannabis in Thai traditional medicine and developing other medical products from cannabis as well,” he said. He revealed that Rangsit University had already obtained official permission to grow cannabis and to conduct research on medical cannabis.

The university has invested more than Bt40 million on procuring high-tech medical research equipment for the laboratory at the new research institute, and has built its own small closed-system cannabis farm to provide raw material for the medical cannabis research.

“We are the pioneering academic institute on medical cannabis research and development in Thailand. We started the first research effort on the medical properties of cannabis three years ago, so we have great potential to lead the mission to manufacture Thailand’s own efficient and safe cannabinoid medical products,” he said.

“With the opening of the new medical cannabis research institute, we can enhance our research efforts by pooling the expertise of all related colleges and faculties in our university and can greatly improve our progress to find better healthcare for all Thai citizens from medical cannabis.”

Famira Madaka, a Medical Cannabis Research Institute researcher, revealed that right now the institute has already created a technique to extract pure cannabinoid compounds – THC, CBD, and CBN – from cannabis, which will be used to develop new medicines.

The institute also has already successfully developed four medical cannabis products – cannabis wafer tablets, traditional Thai Phrasa-Kancha recipe, cannabis oil and CBN oramucosal spray – which will be ready for commercial sale soon.

Meanwhile, Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) chairman Dr Sopon Mekthon disclosed that the cannabis plants in the GPO’s medical cannabis research and development farm will be ready for harvest soon, allowing the agency to start the process to extract cannabis oil within this July.

Natural killer cells ‘successful’ in deterring cancer relapse

Published April 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Doctors yesterday announce the possibility of natural killer cells from donors helping protect former leukaemia patients from cancer.
Doctors yesterday announce the possibility of natural killer cells from donors helping protect former leukaemia patients from cancer.

Natural killer cells ‘successful’ in deterring cancer relapse

national April 24, 2019 01:00


THAI researchers have announced the first successful step towards the prevention of cancer relapsing in high-risk leukaemia patients.

The first patient in their research project, which involves deploying natural killer cells, has demonstrated a clear, satisfactory response.

“One year after receiving the natural killer cells from her elder sister, there is no sign of a cancer relapse in her,” Asst Professor Dr Udomsak Bunworasate from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine said yesterday.

Launched last year, the project also had four other participants, whose health conditions are being monitored. The latest participant was given natural killer cells two months ago.

Dr Koramit Suppipat, who heads the research on cell therapy for cancer patients at the faculty, explained that natural killer cells are present in human bodies and were crucial to the immune system.

“They normally account for between five and 10 per cent of white blood cells,” he said, “These cells have the ability to detect and destroy abnormal cells before they form tumours and cancer.”

He said his institute had in 2014 initiated the project to research and develop a way to treat leukaemia among high-risk groups with natural killer cells, thanks to funding from the Thailand Centre of Excellence for Life Science (TCELS).

Last year, with more funds from other units, his team could start the pilot research project to conduct clinical trials using natural killer cells from donors on a high-risk group of acute myeloid leukaemia patients.

Udomsak said all five patients in the project faced the prospects of cancer relapsing, after being treated and cured, and did not respond positively to standard treatment choices – not even bone-marrow transplantation – anymore.

Koramit said to date his institute had successfully maintained the level of natural killer cells for the treatments of patients in the project.

“This project will continue,” he said.

Professor Dr Suttipong Wacharasindhu, dean of the Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, said cancer was the biggest killer in Thailand since 1999.

“This is the reason why we are committed to developing comprehensive cancer treatments,” he said.

TCELS deputy director Sirasak Teparkum said more than 10,000 Thais died of cancer each year.

“It should be noted that cancer can relapse for people who have already recovered from cancer,” he said.

According to him, TCELS has constantly supported research that seeks to develop new treatment methods for cancer and also various other diseases.

“Now, we are working with more than 200 researchers,” Sirasak said.

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