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Bangkok Governor Introduces Smart Bus Shelters To The Capital

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Bangkok Governor Introduces Smart Bus Shelters To The Capital

A contingent from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration led by Governor Aswin were out on Thursday morning dragging the capital into the 21st century with the launch of the first Smart Bus Shelter in the city.

The entourage together with reporters gathered outside Central Plaza Grand Rama IX on Ratchadaphisek Rd in the Huai Khwang district for a close-up view of the hi-tech bus stop.

Bangkok Governor Introduces Smart Bus Shelters To The Capital

The Smart Bus Shelter is fitted with 32 and 55-inch screens to display bus routes and arrival times of services on the route plus information from the BMA and advertising via Plan B Media who are funding the scheme.

The shelters are also fitted with mobile phone charging stations, Wi-Fi access and CCTV for security.

Bangkok Governor Introduces Smart Bus Shelters To The Capital

Bangkok Governor Introduces Smart Bus Shelters To The Capital

Bangkok Governor Introduces Smart Bus Shelters To The Capital

Governor Aswin told the press pack this would be the first of 350 Smart Shelters to be rolled out across the city by the end of April 2121 with more to come at a later date.

He said there would be two versions, the top end type like the one outside Central Plaza Grand Rama IX and a “lite” version that would have only one screen and no Wi-Fi.

In return for paying the 400 million baht cost of the 350 Smart Shelters, Plan B Media can run advertising for a period of 10 years.



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Kirsty Jones Murder Case Closed After 20 Years

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Kirsty Jones Murder Case Closed After 20 Years

A 20-year investigation into the murder of Welsh backpacker Kirsty Jones closed on Sunday after the statute of limitation ended.

Miss Jones was 23-years-old when she was raped and strangled at a guesthouse in Chiang Mai back in August 2000. Her killer is now a free man and can’t be prosecuted after escaping justice for two decades.

Kirsty arrived in Chiang Mai following time in Singapore and Malaysia during her gap year.

After spending an evening out with friends, she was attacked in the early hours of August 10 in her room.

The case has been shrouded in mystery and conspiracy theories ever since, starting only days after the body was discovered.

Kirsty’s mother Sue Jones said: “It is a really sad time for us as a family.

“We have worked hard over all of these years to keep the Thai authorities interested in Kirsty’s case and to ensure that the investigation continued to try to identify the persons responsible for her murder.

“Kirsty was a bright, intelligent, independent young woman who had the world at her feet. Kirsty has gone from our lives, whilst her killer remains at large.

“Had they been brought to justice the sadness and emptiness would remain the same but it may have brought us some closure.

“I hope we have done her proud in trying to get justice.”



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Factory Worker’s Legs Crushed By Huge Steel Coil

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Legs Crushed By Huge Steel Coi

A factory worker was left with crushed legs after a three-tonne steel coil fell on him while on duty at an industrial parts warehouse in Samut Prakan.

CCTV footage shows the man controlling a pulley to move the steel coils when one toppled over onto his legs last Monday.

Struggling to breathe, he tried to push the heavy metal off his body while shouting for help from his colleagues.

One of his co-workers rushed to help him while another worker helped removed the metal.

Emergency services rushed him to a local hospital where he was found to have suffered two broken legs.

Police said the incident was being dealt with internally by the factory and the injured worker.





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Three Bikers Clotheslined And Killed By Tow Rope

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Three Bikers Clotheslined And Killed By Tow Rope

Three bikers died after being clotheslined by a rope from a truck towing a bus in Suphanburi province on Sunday afternoon.

Two of the men, aged 20 and 22, died at the scene with a third man, 29, dying a short time later at Sriprajan Hospital.

The three men were at the front of a pack of around 40 bikers heading home when they accelerated to squeeze between the truck and the bus crossing ahead of them unaware of the tow rope.



Truck driver Sakon Wutthichai, 48, told police he was towing the bus to Ayutthaya after it ran out of gas.

Both Wutthichai and the bus driver, Nakhon Srimuang, have been charged with reckless driving with police considering further charges.



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