Sixteen Chinese nationals suspected of running an illegal online money-lending business were arrested during a police raid in Pattaya on Wednesday. Following a tipoff, police and immigration officers in Pattaya’s Bang Lamung district, raided a three-storey townhouse at around 3pm on Wednesday. The officers were given information that a gang of foreign nationals were using the house as their operational base, providing illegal loans to clients in Hong Kong. When police busted into the premises, they found 16 Chinese nationals, hard at work inside. They had not yet overstayed their visas, but were lending money to clients in Hong Kong at interest rates as high as 50%. A large amount of tech was seized, including desktop computers, a notebook, a copying machine, around 20 mobile phones and numerous documents connected with illegal money-lending. An investigation found the loan sharks had entered the country on tourist visas Chon Buri Police Chief Maj Gen Kitthanet … [Read more...] about Shark warning – illegal Chinese money lenders nailed in Pattaya
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Gorilla trekking is one of travel's hottest trends, but also the most logistically challenging ... [+] safari. Micato expertly guides customers through the tricky permit process. Larry Olmsted Ten minutes after walking off the plane, I was on my way out of the Nairobi airport. Less than ten minutes later I saw a zebra roadside, my first wildlife of the trip. It was an auspicious beginning to what would be a fantastic trip, especially given that most of my fellow passengers were still back in the airport, waiting in the immigration line. And it would have simply been impossible had I not been traveling with Micato Safaris . Micato was founded in Kenya more than 50 years ago, and is still family owned, run jointly out of headquarters in New York and Nairobi, with substantial satellites in South Africa and India, and smaller offices across Africa. Its founders have brought many millions of dollars in tourism … [Read more...] about The World’s Best Safaris Keep Getting Better: 50 Years Of Excellence
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin A report issued last week revealed that, worldwide, migratory freshwater fish have declined by 76% since 1970. This result joins a growing and dispiriting list of dramatic declines for biodiversity and wildlife . However, it also highlights a continuing threat to food security for many regions of the world. Freshwater fish provide the primary source of protein for at least 200 million people globally—particularly in rural communities in Asia and Africa—and migratory fish are often a major component of freshwater fish harvests. For example, migratory fish represent approximately one-third of the harvest from the Mekong River basin, the world’s largest freshwater fishery at over 2 million tons annually, nearly 20% of global freshwater fish harvests. But what does this decline in migratory fish have to do with energy? Quite a lot, actually. Hydropower dams are one of the primary reasons for the decline of … [Read more...] about Solar Power Can Help Halt Dramatic Decline Of Migratory Fish
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Hydropower is the world’s leading source of renewable energy and most hydropower projects generate low-carbon electricity. Yet—as highlighted in a recent op-ed in CNN —hydropower is rarely placed in the bin of virtuous renewables alongside wind and solar. What accounts for this exclusion? While nearly all energy projects (or any form of development, for that matter) have some negative impacts, the environmental and social impacts of hydropower can be particularly high. These impacts include the displacement of communities by reservoirs, the loss of migratory fish, and the trapping of sediment needed to prevent the sinking and shrinking of downstream deltas—home to hundreds of millions of people and some of the most productive agriculture on the planet. These multiple conflicts prevent hydropower from joining the ranks of the righteous renewables. However, hydropower is a critical part of many countries’ … [Read more...] about Moving To The System Scale Can Improve Hydropower
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The global energy complex is in a state of flux, made worse by the war in Ukraine, overzealous European lawmakers and unpredictable oil exporters. Bloomberg reported in August that the Saudis are talking with their OPEC partners about reducing global oil supplies. The move sent prices sharply higher, and shifted the global economy toward recession. Investors should consider buying Equinor ASA (EQNR) , a Norwegian energy producer. Equinor was created in 2007 by the merger of Statoil and the oil and gas operations of Norsk Hydro. The business is 67% owned by the government of Norway through its ministry of petroleum and energy. However, Norway is now an extremely green country. Legislators there are pushing executives at Equinor to move quickly from its primary business of oil and gas development, to green energy, such as offshore wind farms. Unfortunately, Eastern Europe is in the middle of a war in Ukraine. … [Read more...] about Norwegian Oil Giant Leads Surprising Shift To Carbon-Neutral Energy Production
The Ministry of Public Health gave away one million cannabis plants to the people of Thailand in June for home cultivation. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul dished out the plants to celebrate the removal of all parts of the cannabis plant from Thailand’s list of Category 5 illicit narcotics on June 9. The plants were intended to be cultivated for medicinal purposes and also to be used as an ingredient in cooking e.g., for extra flavour in Tom Yam soup. Female cannabis plants produce “buds” that are rich in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound that gets you “high.” Male plants do not produce buds and mostly contain cannabidiol (CBD) which does not get you high but has medicinal benefits. Growing both male and female cannabis plants is legal in Thailand, with conditions: The grower must be at least 20 years old. The grower must not extract their cannabis into a product containing more than 0.2% THC (e.g. oil or edibles). The grower must register … [Read more...] about Can foreigners legally grow cannabis in Thailand?
Thailand was voted No.3 best country in the world to travel to in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Europe dominated the list of 48 countries, with Thailand and Singapore the only Southeast Asian nations to make the top 10. Thousands of people voted in numerous ‘best of’ lists… best countries, cities, islands, resorts, hotels, etc. Thai locations ranked highly in several categories… Top 10 Countries In The World 2022 Portugal 91.22 Japan 91.17 Thailand 90.46 Singapore 90.09 India 90.01 Greece 89.79 Denmark 89.62 The United Kingdom 89.12 Italy 89.12 New Zealand 89.01 Readers also voted for “Best Cities In The World” to travel to, where Bangkok came in fourth place. Top 10 Best Cities In The World 2022 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 92.94 Singapore 89.49 Victoria, Canada 89.46 Bangkok, Thailand 89.36 San Sebastian, Spain 89.15 Tokyo, Japan 88.32 Merida, Mexico 88.30 Quebec City, Canada 88.29 Cape … [Read more...] about Thailand voted No.3 in list of ‘Top Countries In The World 2022’