The Thai police will hand out whistles to female tourists after the latest in a long series of periodic sexual assaults and killings on beaches and elsewhere in the country, officials said.
"We will issue the whistles first in risky areas such as beaches, valleys, mountains, national parks, waterfalls and other risky spots," Choochart Suwannakom, commander of the national Tourist Police, said in an interview last week.
While Thailand is generally safe for foreigners, recent sexual assaults and killings of foreign tourists have prompted embassies to issue warnings and have led to fears among Thai officials that the country's attractiveness as a tourist destination could suffer. Tourism is the biggest earner of foreign exchange for Thailand, bringing in more than $16 billion last year, accounting for as much as 6 percent of gross domestic product and generating the most jobs of any industry. [via Herald Tribune]
- Pattaya is to get it's very own beer garden The location is just before the beginning of Walking Street on Beach Rd, behind the Siren Beer Bar complex. [photo by PattayaPete]
- The Meteorological Department Monday warned residents of 15 provinces to brace themselves for possible tropical and hail storms. The department said the storms could happen in Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao and Chanthaburi. [via The Nation]
- I had a wander round the bars in Jomtien Complex today and the girls were all country. The real surprise was the Bt300 room, Bt1,000 for company rates which seemed pretty standard throughout the Complex. I expected it to be cheaper than say Soi 6 not more expensive, particularly with the limited quality on offer.
- Thailand is recording a high number of new HIV/AIDS cases, primarily because of the prevalence of high-risk sexual activities in the country, according to a recent survey released by the Population and Community Development Association, the Bangkok Post reports. According to the survey, at least 40 people newly contract HIV in Thailand each day. [via MedicalNewsToday]
- ICT to ‘hack & crack' foreign websites offensive to Thai supreme institution. A reader, PistonPilot, put me on to this one which I missed. It smacks of government sanctioned 'hacking' which is bad enough but to go public with idea is just asking for trouble. [via Prachatai]
- In the very early hours of Monday morning special officers charged with enforcing Copyright Laws raided Tony’s Discotheque on Walking Street and allegedly discovered 259 copy CD’s. The officers arrested the DJ and impounded a DVD player and amplifier and took him and the alleged evidence to the Soi 9 station. [via Pattaya City News]
- Quick Folder Access with Direct Folders - Every Windows user browses for folders regularly, be it to save files in specific folders or to load files from folders. Windows itself offers no way of saving often used folders as favourites so that they can be accessed with just a click.
Direct Folders adds a double-click menu that gives the user access to folders, files and recent documents that he has added to the application before. The system is so simple that I would call it brilliant. A double-click opens the Direct Folders menu when you are in Windows Explorer, Windows desktop or a file browsing dialog (like Save or Load) and opens a folder or file with just another click.
Several items can be added to the menu. First of all direct access to folders and files can be added on the main level. Separators can be used to visualize folder categories or add a break between folders and files. Last but not least subfolders can be created that add another level to the menu meaning in return that you need another action to access the folders or files contained within.
Several other file related settings can be changed in Direct Folder. The default size of the file dialogs windows can be changed to an appropriate size as well as the default viewing mode (Thumbnails, Icons, Details, Tiles and List), the sort order (Name, Size, Type and Date) and if it should be ascending or descending.
The folder and file favourites as well as the recent documents can also be accessed by shortcuts. The default shortcuts are Windows Q for the Favourites and Windows W for the recent documents.
A pro version is available as well which adds several new functions like information about the size of a drive, the ability to set default folders for any application and an option to customize folder icons. [via gHacks]
- Copy large files using freeware TeraCopy (XP and Vista)
With iTunes libraries, photo collections, and video files taking up more and more space on our cheaper and cheaper disk drives, we can all use some better file copy tools than Windows provides out of the box. The freeware (yea!) TeraCopy application makes copying large files and large numbers of files a breeze for Windows users.
For power users and especially system administrators, a Pro version of the software adds some features for a small price. What does it do that File Explorer doesn’t? Have you ever left a large number of files to be copied to a USB drive perhaps to go do something else, only to find an annoying Explorer prompt for one file has stopped the entire copy?
Nice huh! Or, have you ever started a copy and then needed to do some work such as check email or run Word? Competing against a large copy can mean sacrificing the snappy response you need to get your real work done. TeraCopy to the rescue! Need these features? Yes, you do:
Pause and resume file copy. For me this pays for the trouble of installing an app that basically adds bells and whistles to what Windows already gives me.
Error recovery, continue file copy. TeraCopy can continue to copy files when one file has an issue. I don’t know about you but I often copy entire directories, and it’s annoying to have to sit and monitor the copy progress in case a file already exists on the target, and Windows wants to know what to do about it. Or as sometimes happens one of the files has a problem that prevents Explorer from reading it properly, which stops the entire group from being copied. TeraCopy can be set to handle these scenarios with one of several options, and can continue with the rest of the files.
Check target file accuracy. TeraCopy can run a check on the copied files against the source files to ensure accuracy.
Fast file copying. TeraCopy claims its technology can reduce copy times.
While TeraCopy has features to make large copy tasks a breeze, the application GUI itself, is no breeze for less experienced users. So go to Online Tech Tips for a simple How-To for TeraCopying.
- Natalia Cruz at Kindgirls - Picture 10 has a sort of wankable quality about it....
- Argentinian babe Evangelina Anderson at DailyPOA
- Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God went missing for six days. Eventually, Archangel Michael found him on the seventh day resting. He enquired of God, 'Where have you been?' God pointed downwards through the clouds. 'Look Michael, look what I've made' said God.
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, 'What is it?'
'It's a planet,' replied God, 'and I've put LIFE on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance.'
'Balance?' inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing down to different parts of the Earth, 'For example, North America will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while South America is going to be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot spot, and Russia will be a cold spot, over there I've placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people.' God continued, pointing to the different countries, this one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.'
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to another area of land and asked, 'What's that?'
'Ah,' said God. That's the North of England, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful people. Seven Premiership football teams in the North West alone, and many impressive cities, it is the home of the world's finest artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, explorers and politicians. The people from the North of England are going to be modest, intelligent and humorous and they'll be found travelling the world. They'll be extremely sociable, hard-working and high-achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as speakers of truth.'
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, 'What about balance God, you said there will be BALANCE!'
God replied very wisely,
'Wait till you see the bunch of tossers I'm putting down South!'