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Thailand suspends seahorse trade amid conservation concerns


Thailand, the world's biggest exporter of seahorses, is suspending trade in the animal because of concern about threats to its wild population.

The decision was announced at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.

Dr. Amanda Vincent, a seahorse expert at The University of British Columbia, said Thursday that Thailand ended its seahorse trade earlier this year until it can make exports "sustainable."

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Swimming banned at Thai Mueang as Portuguese men o' war wash up on beach


The Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park in Phang Nga bans any activities on the Hat Thai Mueang beach after the Atlantic Portuguese men o' war were found on the beach.

The poisonous jellyfish-like creatures were spotted on beaches in the nearby Krabi province on Monday. The animal’s stings can cause severe symptoms such as a shock and a heart attack. In extreme cases, the stings can be fatal. The Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park prohibits people from playing in the water or joining in water activities in the areas where a man o' war is found.

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Hat Yai begins to sell vegetarian food ahead of season


Restaurants in Hat Yai city has begun to sell vegetarian food ahead of season.

Restaurants in Hat Yai city such as those in Thung Sao market, have changed from regular menus to vegetarian food to herald the upcoming vegetarian season.

Some Chinese Thais have started eating vegetarian food ahead of season which will start from September 30 to October 9.

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The Casio G-Shock G'Mix Watch - Control the Music you Play On Your Smartphone


A G-Shock watch really fits all personalities. Whether you like the outdoors, or you enjoy heading to the race track, or if you head to the gym on a regular basis, a G-Shock watch can really be utilized for almost everything. We recently got our hands on the new G’Mix series from Casio, and we used it for a whole week.

The G’Mix series is essentially a basic G-Shock watch model that comes with a Bluetooth feature that allows you to connect to your smartphone and control the settings of your watch from your phone, but more importantly, it lets you control your music on your phone right from the watch. This can come in handy in many situations. Let’s assume you are out for any outdoor activity and you have your smartphone playing music from a docking system, or it’s in your pocket, you don’t need to worry about controlling the music because the remote control – the G-Shock watch – is around your wrist and is easy to function. It can come in handy more than you think.

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Trade with neighboring nations down 2.86% in August


The Ministry of Commerce has indicated a 2.86 percent decline in the overall value of border trade last month mainly due to decreasing imports from neighboring countries.

Deputy Commerce Minister Suvit Maesincee made an announcement on the border trade situation in August, saying the value of exports to neighboring countries totaled 47.92 billion baht, 2.12 percent higher than the same period last year. On the other hand, imports were valued at 32.81 billion baht, decreasing by more than 9 percent. As a result, the total value of border trade in August stood at 80.74 billion baht, a drop of 2.86 percent.

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Thailand’s newest and tallest skyscraper boasts digitally inspired design


The MahaNakhon tower was just completed in Bangkok’s financial district. It rises to more than 1,030 feet and is now the tallest building in the country. But more than height, it’s the tower’s striking architecture that is turning heads.

The tower was designed by Ole Scheeren, formerly a partner at OMA, according to Curbed. It was designed to look like it was made from thousands of individual cubes – almost like a skyscraper built from Legos or in the game Minecraft.

Scheeren has said that he hopes the design will challenge the more typical monolith-style of many contemporary towers and create “the visual effect of disintegration,” according to Curbed.

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Team Thailand confident to win 40 Asian Beach Games gold medals


Team Thailand is confident to win 40 gold medals from Asian Beach Games, with the first gold medal already taken from women’s swimming event.

Asian Beach Games 2016 in Da Nang, Vietnam already got started prior to the opening ceremony with Thailand winning its first gold medal from women’s 5-kilometer marathon swimming.

Thana Chaiprasit, the head of Team Thailand, said that the first gold marked a good beginning for the whole team and remarked that the Games have been well organized by the host country.

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DLT extends registration period for tuk-tuks


The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has extended the registration period for auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks by six months.

DLT Deputy Director-General Nanthaphong Cherdchoo disclosed that the Ministry of Transport has extended the taxi registration period for tuk-tuks in Bangkok from July 17, 2016 to January 17, 2017.

There are 412 tuk-tuk drivers who are entitled to the registration, but 125 of them were unable to meet the previous deadline, due to the long approval process for loans, causing a delay in tuk-tuk production.

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The Microsoft Xbox One S - 40% Smaller


So here, with a 40 percent smaller footprint than the 2013 Microsoft Xbox, is the Xbox One S - ‘the smallest Xbox yet’. Already, that headline statement should furrow your brow; because between the lines, what Microsoft is mostly shouting about is the new Xbox’s form; whilst they’re merely whispering about its added functionality.

Probably the biggest hardware upgrade is the 4K Blu-Ray player and support for 4K playback, as streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon are increasingly offering UHD content. No, you cannot play processor-hungry 4K games. The power supply unit is now integrated, and there’s a new wireless controller with textured grips, improved range and Bluetooth; and for those with spatially-challenged living rooms, thanks to its reduced size the console can now be made to stand vertically too. That’s for you, single person.

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Digital Thailand 2016 by Thai ICT Ministry


The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will organize Digital Thailand 2016 next week, in accordance with the government's digital economy policy.

According to ICT Minister Uttama Savanayana, the international fair will feature exhibitions from various agencies from the communications, education, monetary, banking and government sectors. He said the event would demonstrate Thailand's capacity in implementing digital technology in these sectors.

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