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Thailand Goes Over a Month Without Any Local Covid-19 Cases

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Thailand’s health department has reported that the Kingdom of Thailand has been free of local infection of the Covid-19 coronavirus for 34 days. Thailand’s Health department reported yesterday that there were no new case of COVID-19 coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours.

The total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand stands at 3,162. Of them, 2,444 were locally infected and 225 other patients were detected in the state quarantine process.

 

 

According to the Health department, global Covid-19 cases rose by 194,758 over the past 24 hours to 9,904,963 with 496,866 deaths, up by 5,083. The United States had the most infected cases at 2,552,956. Followed by Brazil (1,280,054) and Russia (620,794). Thailand ranks 95th among 211 COVID-19 affected countries.

 

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Two Nigerians Arrested in Bangkok for Online Romance Scam–VIDEO

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Thailand’s Immigration police have arrested two Nigerians and a Thai woman for allegedly running a online romance scam in Bangkok. The Nigerians were apprehended at a house in Phetchburi Soi 17 in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district. The arrest comes after a Thai man was detained in Northeastern Thailand for committing financial fraud.

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“Come and see” – Ministry invites diplomats to see coconut-picking monkeys in action–VIDEO

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The monkeys, and the Thai government, are hitting back at accusations saying that macaque monkeys are being exploited, even abused, and forced to pick coconuts for commercial farmers. This happened after some larger western retailers threatened to pull Thai coconut products off their shelves after being lobbied by animal rights activist that the coconuts were picked by abused and over-worked macaque monkeys.

There are many video links showing how coconut farmers abuse their southeast Asian monkeys (specifically pig-tailed macaques).

 

The Thai Commerce Ministry, coconut farmers and the “monkey school” trainers are all dismissing reports, but dramatic videos from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal), and other sources show a different story.  So they’re organizing a tour for foreign diplomats and the media to see the monkeys at work and decide for themselves during a pandemic.

PETA claims pigtailed macaques in Thailand were treated like “coconut-picking machines”.

“Following PETA’s investigation, more than 15,000 stores will no longer purchase these brands’ products, with the majority also no longer buying any coconut products sourced from Thailand monkey labor.”

PETA said it had found 8 farms around Thailand where monkeys had been forced to pick coconuts for commercial export.

The permanent secretary for commerce, responding to the reports, says the monkey owners don’t abuse or exploit the animals which have been “humanely trained” to pick coconuts. He has instructed attaches in foreign Thai embassies to provide an explanation to retailers in other countries who have expressed concerns and even instigated boycotts.

 

“The ministry is ready to invite foreign diplomats to visit coconut plantations and see how the monkeys pick coconuts so they will realize this is not animal cruelty.”

 

The Bangkok Post reports that Pramual Pongthawaradej, a Demo­crat Party MP for Prachuap Khiri Khan province, the Chair of a House subcommittee tackling falling coconut prices, says they’ve approached owners of coconut milk plants to justify their practices to PETA. They’ve also asked the Department of Agriculture to provide details regarding the use of monkeys to pick coconuts.

 

But Somjai Saekow, an owner of a monkey school which trains macaques in Surat Thani, says… “the practice of capturing monkeys from the wild to pick coconuts ceased a long time ago”.

“Currently, monkeys are bred and raised before being trained. They are not forced to pick 1,000 coconuts from trees every day, and they don’t work every day.

“Coconut-picking monkeys are mostly males and their abilities vary. The owner of the monkey receives 2 baht per coconut picked.”

“Foreigners may not understand our livelihood. Also, humans are not built to climb up a coconut tree to pick fruit. They will be at risk, compared to monkeys who have the natural ability to do so.”

An owner of monkeys in Surat Thani denied the claims of poor treatment or abuse of the coconut-picking monkeys.

“There is no cruelty. Actually, they are looked after well. They are fed well with rice, milk, and fruit three times a day. They are treated like family members.”

“Male monkeys are able to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day.”

“Other coconut-growing regions, including Brazil, Colombia, and Hawaii, harvest coconuts using humane methods such as tractor-mounted hydraulic elevators, willing human tree-climbers, rope or platform systems, or ladders, or they plant dwarf coconut trees.”

“PETA went further by calling on “decent people never to support the use of monkey labor by shunning coconut products from Thailand”.

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A five-year-old Myanmar girl was found raped and murdered on Saturday–VIDEO

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VIDEO Shows mother of 5-yr-old victim smacking one of the suspects before getting arrested

Tak Province police arrived at a horrifying scene early morning, July 4th at Muhajireen community in Mae Sot district, after being notified that a missing 5-yr-old Burmese girl had been found roped, gagged, and dead.

Hu Jina was a 5-year-old Burmese girl who disappeared from her aunt on the 3rd of July at around 7 pm.  Hu Jina was last seen playing outside in the evening when a witness saw Hu Jina’s uncle Sarim take her away and later return to the house without her. That’s when her parents, relatives, and neighbors all started searching for Hu Jina. Her body wasn’t found until early the next morning.

Hu Jina’s body was found dead with her hands and legs tied with a rope, her clothes were torn, and she had a piece of clothing stuffed in her mouth.

After she was found they called the Tak Province Police department who immediately closed off the area and began their investigation. Police blocked the area not allowing anyone in or out of the area until they found their suspects. It didn’t take long before they arrested three suspects.

Over a hundred Villagers stood and observed the scene at a distance for this could have happened to any of their children, they had hoped they caught the right perpetrators.

Tak Province police officers mobilize with suppression and investigation kits to conduct the autopsy of  5-year-old Mae. Now police are waiting for the autopsy report so they can match DNA.

As for Mr. Sarim, the prime suspect,  He was convicted in Myanmar 7 years ago for rape but was later acquitted. He came to live with relatives, Mrs. Rahima, who rented him a room in Mae Sot close to Hu Jina’s home.  Villagers say that Mr. Sarim has an addiction problem too and frequently uses drugs and is always causing stress. 

Three suspects have been arrested while waiting for forensic test results.

Mae Sot Hospital has confirmed the girl had suffered internal injuries and bleeding.

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