Police arrested four ‘free running’ posters

Police on Thursday afternoon apprehended four young men who had filmed themselves performing a “free-running” show by jumping and running on the hoods of vehicles stuck in Bangkok traffic.


The four “Youtubers” – identified as Suphot Sakobkaew, 20, Wanchalerm Premkasem, 19 and two other boys aged 18 and 16 (names withheld due to their age) – were arrested from a computer game cafe in Samut Prakan’s Phraek Sa area. Each of them were fined at Bt1,000 over the charge of causing a public disturbance per each stunt carried out at jurisdiction areas of Thong Lor and Lumphini precints.

Earlier on Thursday, Pol General Chalermkiart Sriworakhan, deputy police commissioner general, had ordered Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt-General Charnthep Sesawej to locate and investigate the four “Youtubers”after Facebook user Wanchalerm Permasem on Wednesday shared a YouTube clip of the four to criticise them for their “inappropriate action”.

The four were apparently seeking YouTube fame by shooting clips of themselves free running in various places and then editing and joining the clips.

Among other things, they were seen sliding down an escalator rail, jumping on the roof of a subway station, jumping on a sidewalk fence, as well as jumping on and running along the hoods of vehicles stuck in traffic. 

Most Facebook users criticised them for causing a nuisance and damaging other people’s cars.


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Workers from Laos to upgrade skills in Japan

LAOS’ Employment Service Centre, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, will send local workers to Japan to upgrade their skills through the Japanese Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP).

The Employment Service Centre officially announced the scheme earlier this month, highlighting how Lao workers could enhance their skills under the programme. Applicants need to be in good health and able to participate in training according to the procedures of the TITP. The training will be in agriculture, livestock and fisheries and other industries. Director of the Employment Service Centre, Khamsene Xayavong, told Vientiane Times last week about the importance of the training to help technical interns gain skills in Japan to improve their career prospects after returning home or continuing to work in Japan. “Those interested can register at the centre until July 5 and take part in a selection process on July 7 when there will be interviews by company representatives from Japan. Applicants will know the test results the same day,” he said. If successful, they will participate in Japanese cultural and language training before departing for Japan.

The centre noted that under the TITP, Japan accepts young people and middle-aged workers from various countries including Laos, and fosters talented individuals who can contribute to the development of industries in their countries through the transfer of Japanese industrial and vocational skills, techniques, and knowledge.

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Time of Smartphones


A lot of people have smartphones. Some people spend too much time on their phones. This may be a bad thing. Some people use their phones for up to five hours a day.

When you are on your phone all of the time, you do not have time for other things. You chat with people instead of talking to them, for example.

Google makes the Android operating system. Apple makes the iOS for iPhones. Google and Apple introduce new operating systems. The new software tells you how much time you spend on your phone. You can also see what you do. This can help you spend less time.

You can also set limits. When you reach a limit, the phone tells you to do something else.

Difficult words: may (can), introduce (show people for the first time), reach (get to).

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Stop !!! before Thailand becoming world garbage bin.

Waste policies encourage wrong choices; reducing, reusing and recycling should come first, say environmentalists.


EXPERTS on waste management and environmental protection are warning that Thailand could become the garbage bin of the world, as the government’s policies to promote the waste-to-energy industry have already resulted in plastic waste imports to the Kingdom. Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand director Penchom Saetang said the country’s recent waste management trends run counter to correct waste management methods. The government’s current path will prevent a proper solution to waste management problems and unintentionally lead to waste from other countries being dumped in Thailand, she said. Penchom singled out for criticism the promotion of private investment in small waste-to-energy projects across the country.

“Waste-to-energy is one of the most polluting methods for both waste management and power generation, because not only will burning garbage emit toxic pollutants, but the leftover ashes are also very hazardous and require very careful disposal in a secured landfill. And so building many small waste-to-energy plants is a very bad decision,” Penchom said. “I do not contest the advantages of waste-to-energy, as it is one of the acceptable measures to deal with unrecyclable waste, but we should have only a few big waste-to-energy plants that are properly equipped with all pollution control measures.” Highlighting her concern over the small size of the waste-to-energy projects now being promoted by the government, Penchom said it was not cost-effective for the investors to install expensive pollution-control systems. They are forced to reduce the money spent on environmental protection in order to keep their investment profitable.

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