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What's new in business news: August 25, 2014

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Govt ban on satellite stations ends, anti car-theft gang regulations & Swedish tourist homeless after being 'swindled' by Thai woman. 

Television studio where a TV program for one of the many new digital TV programs is being made.


Govt ban on satellite stations ends

The junta has ended a ban on 12 satellite television stations, allowing them to go back on air again. The broadcasters have been off air since the coup on May 22. They will be allowed to resume broadcasting on condition they strictly follow the rules set by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). [The stations shut down were Bluesky, DNN, UDD, Asia Update, P&P, MV 5, 4-Channel, FMTV, ASTV, Hot TV, One Rescue TV and Network for Students and People for Reform of Thailand.]

The NCPO has told the 12 channels that they must adjust their programmes and fully cooperate with the military regime in keeping the public informed about its work with no bias and distortion of the content. The station owners appealed for an end to the blackout as the ban had hit their revenues.

The banned broadcasters are seen as having political links. Bluesky's popularity jumped as it closely followed the street rallies by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and its leader Suthep Thaugsuban to oust then-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. It is the mouthpiece of the Democrat Party. Asia Update and UDD supported the Pheu Thai Party and the red shirts.

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Anti car-theft gang regulations

The Land Transport Department is pushing for regulation to prevent license plate numbers from falling into the hands of car theft and car smuggling rackets which use these licence plate numbers to register vehicles that are stolen or smuggled into the country. Many of badly damaged vehicles have managed to "be reborn" for sale in used car markets, police say.

When insurance companies estimate compensation for badly damaged vehicles, ownership of the licence plate numbers is transferred to the insurance company. It was found that some of these insurance companies resold the licence plate numbers to those involved in car theft and car smuggling rackets.

Many of damaged vehicles are beyond repair and are also targeted by dealers who buy the wreckage at cheap prices at auctions and resell them to car garages and sometimes car theft rackets. Members of car theft gangs would then use the licence plate numbers of the damaged vehicles for vehicles that were stolen or illegally acquired. They would then resell the vehicles to dealers operating used car tents, frequently advertised for sale on the internet. Police are investigating allegations that some provincial land transport offices are also colluding with dealers in car wreckage. Part of the problem, he said, is carelessness on the part of authorities who are responsible for checking documents and the conditions of the vehicles. On July 18, police arrested three men suspected of being involved in car licence forgery and seized five cars from them as evidence. The suspects advertised cars for sale on Facebook and offered to process fake car documents. Many of the cars were bought from pawnshops after car owners defaulted on loan payments owed to pawnshops.

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Swedish tourist homeless after being 'swindled' by a bargirl

The story of a Swedish tourist who lost everything in a bar-girl swindle and lives hand-to-mouth on the streets of Bangkok because his embassy won't fly him home has drawn widespread public sympathy online with many people wanting to donate money to help him. The pitiful existence of former chef Lief Christer, 45, became public after images of him sleeping on a footpath in the Soi Nana (Sukhumvit Soi 4) area went viral on the internet earlier this week. 

Mr Christer arrived in Thailand in May with his life savings of more than one million baht, hoping to settle down with an unidentified Thai woman — who is thought to work in a bar in Soi Nana —  whom he had met late last year. But the woman swindled him out of his money, leaving him with only his passport and a few belongings, according to Pemika Jiawong, 40, who has tried to help Mr Christer.  Ms Pemika said he could not ask for financial assistance from the Swedish Embassy to fly home because he had lost other documents. He had sought their help several times.

With no money and no resources, he has since been forced to live on the streets, using the footpath in the middle section of Soi Nana as his bed for the past few months. Ms Pemika, who works at a pharmacy in the area, said she befriended Mr Christer after he tried to break into a condominium room in Nana where her colleague lived, a few months ago because he mistook it for the room of his girlfriend. He went there to ask for his money back from the woman, she said. He was deceived by the woman into thinking she lived in the room, Ms Pemika said. 

“He wants to go home but has no money because he sold everything in Sweden to come here,” Ms Pemika said.  Mr Christer had tried to earn money by working as a hired hand and is reduced to begging with a tin can when he cannot make ends meet.  Ms Pemika described Mr Christer as a “nice person who does not want to trust anyone” after his nightmare relationship with the Thai woman. Ms Pemika said she and two colleagues take turns to visit him every night after they finish work so that Mr Christer can feel a bit better and can “release his depression”.  Mr Christer recently underwent an operation for a urinary bladder problem and still has to use a urine catheter. The Swede worked as a chef in his hometown. He separated from his wife, with whom he has two children, five years ago.  Ms Pemika said Mr Christer is reluctant to take money from her so she can only help by providing him with urine catheters and accompanying him after work.

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accompany: to go with someone - ไปกับ,ไปด้วยกัน,ไปเป็นเพื่อน

acquire: to get; to obtain - ได้มาซึ่ง

adjust: to change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable - ปรับ

advertise: to tell the public about a product or a service, political candidate, etc. in order to encourage people to buy, use or support it - ลงโฆษณา

allegation: an accusation; a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved - ข้อกล่าวหา

appeal: a request that a decision be change - การอุทธรณ์

ban: an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม

befriend: to make friends with someone - ทำตัวเป็นเพื่อนกับ, ผูกมิตร

begging: getting money by asking people for money , on the side of the street, for example - ขอทาน

belongings: the things you own - ข้าวของเครื่องใช้

bias: an attitude that you have that makes you treat someone or something in a way that if unfair — - อคติ, ลำเอียง, เดียดฉันท์

blackout: a sudden loss of electrical power - ไฟดับ

blackout: when things are turned off such as television stations or electricity supply -

bladder: the part of the body that stores urine (slang: piss) before the body gets rid of it (slang: take a piss) -

broadcaster: a person whose job is presenting or talking on television or radio programmes - ผู้กระจายเสียงทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์

broadcasting: the sending out of a programme on television or radio - กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว

carelessness: not giving enough attention and thought to what you are doing, so that you make mistakes - ความไม่ระมัดระวัง

catheter: a tube inserted into the body to allow some liquid to pass out of the body -

channel: TV channel - ช่อง, ช่องโทรทัศน์

chef: a professional cook, especially the most senior cook in a restaurant, hotel, etc. - คนครัว,หัวหน้าครัว

colleague: someone who works in the same organisation or department as you do - เพื่อนร่วมงาน

collude: to act together secretly or illegally in order to deceive or cheat someone - สมรู้ร่วมคิด

compensation: money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them - เงินชดเชย

content: the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing or a radio or television programme deals with - เนื้อหา,สาระ

cooperate: to work with other people to achieve a result that is good for everyone involved - ร่วมมือกัน

coup: the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร

dealer: a person or company that buys and sells a particular product - ผู้จำหน่าย

deceive: to persuade someone that something false is the truth - หลอก

default: failure to repay a debt - การไม่ยอมชำระหนี้ การผิดสัญญา

depression: a medical condition in which a person is so unhappy that they cannot live a normal life - ความสะเทือนใจ, ความเศร้าสลด, ความหดหู่

distortion: changing true facts so that are not true anymore, lieing - การบิดเบือน ข้อความเท็จ, เรื่องโกหก

donate: to give something such as money or goods to an organisation, especially to a temple, charity, school, political party, etc. - บริจาค

embassy: a building where a group of officials work who represent their government in a foreign country - สถานทูต

estimate: an amount that you guess or calculate using the information available - ประมาณการ

fake: made to look like something real in order to trick people - ที่ทำปลอม

falling into the hands of: when the wrong or a bad person gets something that they want, but they should not have -

footpath: a path that is made for people to walk along - ทางเดิน

forgery: the crime of making illegal copies of something valuable, especially in order to earn money - การปลอมแปลงเอกสาร

frequently: happening often - บ่อยๆ

hand-to-mouth: very poor; does not even have money to buy food -

hired hand: someone who is paid to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง

informed: having the correct information about something; having or showing a lot of knowledge about a particular subject or situation - มีข้อมูลที่ถูกต้อง; ซึ่งรอบรู้

insurance: an arrangement in which you regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured - การประกัน

investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง

junta: a group of military officers that governs a country, usually without having been elected - รัฐบาลทหาร

license plate: the metal plate on the front and back of a car and motorcycle that identifies it - ป้ายทะเบียนรถ

link: a connection - การเชื่อมต่อ

make ends meet: to have enough many to pay for your needs - มีรายได้พอประทังชีวิต, มีเงินพออยู่รอด

manage: to succeed in doing something - สำเร็จ,จัดการได้สำเร็จ, ทำได้สำเร็จ

military: connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร

model: a version of a product sold during a certain period of time, a generation of technology or the product - รุ่น

mouthpiece: a person or organisation that expresses the opinions and beliefs of a government, an organisation, or another person - ปากเสียง กระบอกเสียง

National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO): The military-installed group ruling Thailand following the 2014 coup d'état - คณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ

nightmare: an extremely unpleasant event or experience or possible event or experience; a very upsetting or frightening dream - ฝันร้าย

on air: when a TV or radio station is broadcasting, sending TV programs through the "airwaves" to people's homes -

on condition: if this thing happens, then the other thing can happen .... -

on the part of: done by, or they are responsible for -

operation: the process of cutting open a part of a person's body in order to remove or repair a damaged part - การผ่าตัด

oust: to force to leave a position of power - ขับออกจากอำนาจ

pawnshop: a place where people get loans leaving valuable things to make sure they pay back the loan - โรงรับจำนำ

pharmacy: a shop where medicines are prepared and sold - ร้านขายยา

popularity: a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - ความเป็นที่นิยม, ความเป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

prevent: to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, กัน, กีดขวาง

provincial: related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country -

public: the public; all people; the people in general - มหาชน, ประชาชน

racket: an illegal activity that earns money - การหาเงินโดยผิดกฎหมาย

rally: a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม

recently: not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้

regime: a government that controls a country, especially in a strict or unfair way - รัฐบาลที่ขึ้นมาปกครองโดยการยึดอำนาจ

register: to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc - ลงทะเบียน

regulation: an official rule that controls the way that things are done - กฎระเบียบ

relationship: a sexual or romantic connection between two people - ความสัมพันธ์

release: allowing someone/something to go free - การปล่อย

reluctant: not very willing to do something and therefore slow to do it - ไม่เต็มใจ

resources: things such as money, workers and equipment that can be used to help achieve something - ทรัพยากร

resume: to begin again after stopping for a period of time - เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง

revenue: income from taxes or business activities - รายได้

satellite: an electronic device that is sent into space and moves around the earth or another planet. It is used for communicating by radio, television, etc. and for providing information - ดาวเทียม

seize: to take something using force - ยึด, จับกุม

separation: a decision that a husband and wife make to live apart while they are still legally married - การแยกกันอยู่

shut down: close , stop operations of a factory or business - ปิดแน่น, ปิดโรงงาน, หยุดผลิตชั่วคราว

smuggling: secretly and illegally taking goods or people into or out of a country - ลักลอบขนสินค้าหรือคนหรือสัตว์เข้าและออกจากประเทศอย่างผิดกฎหมาย

studio: a special place for shooting movies or recording songs -

swindle: to obtain money dishonestly from someone by deceiving or cheating them - โกง, หลอกลวง, ฉ้อโกง

sympathy: a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant - ความเห็นอกเห็นใจ

take turns: (of a number of people) to do the same thing one after the other - สลับกัน

tentative: not definite, or not certain - ที่ยังไม่แน่นอน

theft: (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it - การลักขโมย

transfer: to officially arrange for someone else to be the owner of something - โอน

transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง

trust: to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable - เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ

urinary: related to storing and eliminating urine (or "piss"), liquid waste, from the body -

vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ

widespread: happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people - อย่างแพร่หลาย

wreckage: the parts of a vehicle or building that remain after it has been severely damaged - ซากตึกบ้านเรือนที่ถูกทำลาย

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