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Woman Found Dead Off Koh Phi Phi Identified

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Renee Joy Hodgkinson

The body of the young woman found dead floating off Koh Phi Phi earlier this week has been named as 24-year-old Renee Joy Hodgkinson from New Zealand.

Police believe she drowned while swimming on Wednesday morning with the body being found at around midday in Lo Dalum Bay.

An autopsy confirmed drowning as the cause of death and there was nothing to indicate foul play.

In a statement released on Sunday, Hodgkinson’s family said, “Our world was shattered when we were advised of the tragic death of our precious and beloved daughter”.

“Since then, we have been supported by friends and family, but we are still coming to terms with this most devastating of news and it is fair to say that the healing process will be long and arduous”.

Ms Hodgkinson was a member of the New Zealand Army and worked as a medic in the Medical Corps, according to NZ news outlets.

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Four New BTS Stations Opening Friday

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Four New BTS Stations Opening Friday

The operators of the BTS Skytrain system announced the opening of four new stations on the Sukhumvit Line northern extension will go ahead as planned this Friday following a series of successful test runs.

The four new stations opening are Royal Forest Department (N14), Bang Bua (N15), 11th Infantry Regiment (N16) and Wat Phra Si Mahathat (N17).

All trips between the Royal Forest Department and Wat Phra Si Mahathat will be free until the end of the year.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the new stations would link educational institutions, government offices, and suburban communities while relieving traffic on normally congested roads along the route of the new extension.

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

Two Chinese nationals were arrested and 1,000 cannabis plants seized after Bangkok Metropolitan police raided a warehouse in the On Nut area following a tip-off from the owner of the premises.

The two men, here on student visas, were selling dried organic marijuana to clients for 250,000 baht per kilo, however, their landlord became suspicious at high power bills running into six-figures every month in a property with a monthly rental price of only 40,000 baht.

On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

He called the police and asked them to look into the matter and surveillance was put in place to gather evidence.

Wu Ding Bin, 41, said to be the ringleader in the online business, caught on he was being watched and cut the power to the warehouse letting all the plants die.

Police had gathered enough evidence against him and raided the warehouse while another team picked him up at a condo on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24/3.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

Nike Thailand has launched a massive new flagship store in Bangkok’s Siam Center designed to showcase product innovation.

Operated by Southeast Asian luxury retail specialist Valiram, the new 9000sq foot Nikestore offers a blend of physical and digital retail experiences for shoppers.

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

“Nike Bangkok at Siam Center exists to offer everyone the ability to make sport a daily habit, ensuring they are inspired and committed to staying active,” said director of Nike stores Southeast Asia & India Tarundeep Singh.

Services such as head-to-toe apparel fitting and footwear trialling are offered to provide consumers with opportunities to deepen their connection with the brand and select products suited to their needs.

You can also book one-on-one sessions with running experts and styling specialists.

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