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May 21, 2015

Yingluck Shinawatra, former Thai prime minster, begins her trial in Bangkok over corruption allegations

Yingluck Shinawatra, former Thai prime minster, begins her trial in Bangkok over corruption allegations

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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has begun her trial in Bangkok on Tuesday for alleged negligence in a rice subsidy scheme. If convicted she could face up to ten years in jail.

The subsidy scheme was designed to prop up rice prices by spending billions of dollars to acquire the crop at high rates over the market rates.

It has been alleged by her political opponents that this was a way to gain support from poor rice farmers.

“I am confident that I am innocent and I hope the court will give me justice and allow everything to proceed in accordance with the law,” Shinawatra told reporters outside the Bangkok courthouse.

12 months ago the former prime minister was removed from office by a military coup after weeks of protests in the Thai capital. The military stating that it had to restore order.

The court has forbidden Shinawatra to leave the country.



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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has begun her trial in Bangkok on Tuesday for alleged negligence in a rice subsidy scheme. If convicted she could face up to ten years in jail.

The subsidy scheme was designed to prop up rice prices by spending billions of dollars to acquire the crop at high rates over the market rates.

It has been alleged by her political opponents that this was a way to gain support from poor rice farmers.

“I am confident that I am innocent and I hope the court will give me justice and allow everything to proceed in accordance with the law,” Shinawatra told reporters outside the Bangkok courthouse.

12 months ago the former prime minister was removed from office by a military coup after weeks of protests in the Thai capital. The military stating that it had to restore order.

The court has forbidden Shinawatra to leave the country.



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December 1, 2013

Australian men, women win 2013 Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Australian men, women win 2013 Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships

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Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok — The Australia men’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Rollers, and the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders, won gold medals on Friday, the final day of the Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. The eight day championship was opened on November 22.

Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Bangkok, 2013. IWBF President Maureen Orchard presents silver medals to the Chinese women’s team
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Maureen Orchard. President and Secretary General of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
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Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Australia’s Amber Merritt
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Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Japan’s Mari Animoto
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Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Australia’s Tristan Knowles
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Ten countries competed for places at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Championships next year — ten in the men’s: Japan, Iran, China, Malaysia, Taipei, Australia, Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand and Thailand; and four in the women’s: Australia, Japan, China and Thailand. For the Australians, it was a rare opportunity to play teams from neighboring countries. Their efforts to help other teams were appreciated; after one game the Kuwait men led a cheer of “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!” To which the Thai women replied: “Oi! Oi! Oi!”

Both the Australian teams went through the tournament undefeated. The Gliders defeated China in the gold medal game 57–35. The Rollers then took to the court and defeated Korea 63–46. Iran and Japan won the men’s and women’s bronze medal matches.

This was one of four zone championships. The zones correspond to those of the IPC and FIBA: Americas, Europe, Asia–Oceania and Africa. Each zone is guaranteed one place at the World Championships. Under recently-introduced rules, performance at the Paralympic games gains additional spots for the zone, not for the country. Only the home team is guaranteed a place.

The new zone system has already proved controversial, with Algeria defeating South Africa in the recent Africa Zone Championships in Angola to grab the sole spot allocated to Africa, and Canada missing out on one of the four men’s spots for the Americas zone. In a shock result, these places went to the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. Great Britain, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands are to round out the championships as the men’s teams from the European Zone.

The men’s World Championship are to be held in July next year in Incheon, South Korea, while the women’s are to be in Toronto, Canada. Maureen Orchard. President and Secretary General of the IWBF told Wikinews the women’s competition will in no way be inferior to the men’s. The women are to be put up in a five-star hotel, and play at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Without their men’s team competing, the women’s competition is expected to generate considerable interest in Canada. The home team is to be joined by teams from the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, France, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru to compete against the winners from the Asia–Oceania Zone.

The sport of wheelchair basketball has great popularity. In London, additional seats at the North Greenwich Arena sold out online within minutes.



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November 30, 2013

Wikinews Interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Caitlin de Wit

Wikinews Interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Caitlin de Wit

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Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok — Wikinews interviewed Caitlin de Wit, of the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders. The Gliders are in Bangkok, Thailand, for the Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which are being held at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center. Wikinews caught up with her on Tuesday, before the Gliders’ match against China.

Georgia Inglis at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok, during the Asia-Oceania Zone Championships
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Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Where were you born?

Caitlin de Wit: In Cape Town in South Africa.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png When did you come to Australia?

Caitlin de Wit: When I was six.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And then you moved to whereabouts?

Caitlin de Wit: And I grew up on the Central Coast.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png A I believe you had a horse riding accident?

Caitlin de Wit: I had a horse riding accident in Wagga.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What sort of horse riding were you doing?

Caitlin de Wit: I was just riding with friends. We were just like out on a ride.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you fell off.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you were at uni[versity] at the time?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, I was at uni in Wagga and that’s where I had my accident. And I went obviously to hospital for a little while and rehab and then I moved back to Wagga to finish my degree.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What was the degree in?

Caitlin de Wit: Equine studies. Horses.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you played sport before then?

Caitlin de Wit: I ran a little bit, and I rode horses. They were my sports. And then in my first year of uni I started soccer. That was my first team sport that I played.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So what made you take up basketball?

Caitlin de Wit: I suppose when I lefty hospital I was a bit bored. I wanted something to do. Keep me fit and occupied. So.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So which team did you join?

Caitlin de Wit: I just joined the local Wagga team.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png There’s a local Wagga team?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, there was. I don’t know if its still there. And then I joined… and then Sarah Stewart saw me at a juniors’ camp. And I joined what was then the Hills Hornets in the women’s league.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you played with the Hills Hornets.

Caitlin de Wit: mmm hmm

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And when was that?

Caitlin de Wit: My first season was 2007.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Did they win the championships that year?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png They won for a series of years straight…

Caitlin de Wit: They won straight up until 2011. We had one win as the Flames.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you joined the junior Australian women’s team?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, the under 25s.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And where did you go with them?

Caitlin de Wit: We went to Canada for the under 25 World Championships.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png When was that?

Caitlin de Wit: 2011.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you’re still playing with the Flames in Sydney. And you played for the Gliders at the Osaka Cup?

Caitlin de Wit: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And that was in January this year?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. February maybe? January-February?

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And that was your first trip overseas with the senior side

Caitlin de Wit: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And now this is therefore your second trip with the Gliders?

Caitlin de Wit: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Been overseas much before then?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. Been overseas a little bit. Not with basketball.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Being from South Africa.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. My family traveled a little bit as a kid, so… yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Have you played anywhere overseas with any other teams?

Caitlin de Wit: No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So how are you enjoying it here in Bangkok?

Caitlin de Wit: Good. It’s been a really great experience.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I keep worrying about whether they are going to blockade the airport when we need to get out of here.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, it should be fine.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay, so enjoy it!

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah!



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November 28, 2013

Wikinews Interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Georgia Inglis

Wikinews Interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Georgia Inglis

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Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok — Wikinews interviewed Georgia Inglis, of the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders. The Gliders are in Bangkok, Thailand, for the Asia-Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which are being held at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center.

They are hoping to qualify for the World Championships, which are being held in Toronto, Canada, in June next year. Inglis is one of two new players in the team. Wikinews caught up with her before the Gliders’ match against China.

Georgia Inglis at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok, during the Asia-Oceania Zone Championships
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Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Where were you born?

Georgia Inglis: In Perth.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Perth!

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png According to the [draft Wikipedia] article, it says that you had an accident involving a ride-on lawn mower?

Georgia Inglis: Yep. That’s true.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Really? What happened?

Georgia Inglis: The boy just didn’t see me, so he ran over.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And how old were you?

Georgia Inglis: I was ten.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png It says also that you were a tennis player and a swimmer.

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which sports did you get involved in? You were playing sports before your accident?

Georgia Inglis: I did tennis before my accident, and I did tennis after my accident and I did swimming after my accident.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And it says that you were a really good tennis player and swimmer.

Georgia Inglis: Um, no, not that good. I was a little bit competitive, but that’s about it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So what made you take up basketball?

Georgia Inglis: I just enjoyed the team sport more. Yes, enjoyed it a lot more.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So when did you start playing?

Georgia Inglis: Three or four years ago, I think it was.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png A you joined the local team there?

Georgia Inglis: The juniors, yeah. Then I trained with the Western Stars. And I got on the team.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png When was that, about 2010 or 2011?

Georgia Inglis: The first Kevin King cup. Whenever that was.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I’ll find out

Georgia Inglis: It was in Sydney.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You’ve been playing with them for three or four years.

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you were selected for the Osaka Cup earlier this year.

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which was your first overseas trip with the Gliders.

Georgia Inglis: With the Gliders, yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You’ve been overseas with the under 23?

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Where’d you go?

Georgia Inglis: Canada! Toronto.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay!

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I saw you play in the [WNWBL] games. You were particularly impressive in that final.

Georgia Inglis: The Grand Final?

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png The Grand Final. You guys won.

Georgia Inglis: Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You were really good.

Georgia Inglis: Oh, thank you.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And so you were at a couple of training camps, and then you were selected for this.

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And so how has it been?

Georgia Inglis: Yeah, it’s been really good. I loved it. Really good. Really enjoyed it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And Bangkok? What do you think about it?

Georgia Inglis: It’s an interesting place.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Bit different?

Georgia Inglis: Very different to Australia.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Have you been overseas only to Toronto, or have you been elsewhere?

Georgia Inglis: No, I went to Italy and trained over there for three months.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png When was that?

Georgia Inglis: Last year. And I played for… well I didn’t really play, but I trained with a team in Sardinia.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you were part of the team?

Georgia Inglis: Yeah, but I didn’t really play, just trained.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Some other players have…

Georgia Inglis: Yeah, Luke Pople and Alan Deans. We all went over there.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Anything else you’d like to say?

Georgia Inglis: Can’t really think of anything.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay! No worries! Thank you!



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January 23, 2013

Briton sentenced to death for drug smuggling in Indonesia

Briton sentenced to death for drug smuggling in Indonesia

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A British woman has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug smuggling. Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was found guilty of breaking the tough drug laws in place in Indonesia at the Denpasar district court yesterday, having being found with 10.6 lb of cocaine, worth about £1.6m, in the lining of her suitcase at Bali‘s main airport in May last year.

Lawyers for Ms Sandiford, who is originally from the town of Redcar in Teesside, England, said the ruling “surprised” them, and they would appeal. U.K. Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire expressed his strong objection to the decision and said the U.K. opposed the use of the death penalty. “We are aware that Lindsay Sandiford is facing the death penalty in Indonesia. We strongly object to the death penalty and continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay and her family during this difficult time,” he said.

Ms Sandiford was stopped on May 19 during a routine customs check at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali, after arriving from Bangkok via Thai Airways. She told the court, “I would like to begin by apologising to the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian people for my involvement. I would never have become involved in something like this but the lives of my children were in danger and I felt I had to protect them.”

Prosecutors were not pursuing the death penalty for Ms Sandiford, instead asking for 15 years in prison.

The court is expected to deliver a verdict in the trial of Julian Ponder today. He was allegedly involved in drug smuggling with Ms Sandiford and Rachel Dougall. Mr Ponder is accused of receiving the drugs from Ms Sandiford in Bali. He denies the accusations, saying he was expecting delivery of a birthday present for his child from Ms Sandiford.

In the court verdict against Ms Sandiford, a panel of judges said she had damaged Bali’s image.

Although 114 Indonesian prisoners are sentenced to death, including about 40 foreigners most of whom are drug-crime convicts, no executions have taken place since 2008.



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March 30, 2012

Report indicates continued severe weather problems still looming

Report indicates continued severe weather problems still looming

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A 586-page report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released Wednesday indicated governments should prepare for continued weather-related catastrophes. The report noted highly populated and very poor areas are at highest risk, and stressed no country or continent is safe from these ongoing threats. The panel consists of Nobel Prize-winners, whose work in climatology indicates more intense tropical cyclones.

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The report placed blame regarding recent disasters on a combination of climate change caused by humans, population changes and poverty. The panel was founded in 1988 by the United Nations.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates recent severe weather conditions are costing upwards of US$80 billion per year. The report focused heavily on issues pertaining to coastal areas of the United States, specifically noting damage in those areas could increase 20 percent by 2030.

The authors of the report stated some portions of India may become uninhabitable for floods and other problems.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change pointed out other cities at lesser risk, such as: Miami, Shanghai, Bangkok, China’s Guangzhou, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Myanmar’s Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), and India’s Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). Inhabitants of small island nations may have to leave their homes because of elevated sea levels and major storms. A total of 220 authors worked on the report.



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March 24, 2011

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes northeastern Myanmar

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes northeastern Myanmar

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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake has struck the northeast of Myanmar, near the borders of China and Thailand, according to the United States Geological Survey. The earthquake, which was originally registered at mangnitude 7.0 occured at the rather shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) in a sparsely populated, remote area in the northeast, striking about 89 km (55 miles) north of Chiang Rai, Thailand at 13:55 UTC.

Tremors from the quake could be felt in Bangkok and Hanoi. A second earthquake occurred a half-hour later, which registered at a preliminary magnitude of 4.8. One person has been killed in Chiang Rai by a roof collaspe. A third quake occurred an hour and a half later and registered a preliminary magnitude of 5.4.

No tsunami was formed or is expected to form as a result of the quake. A bulletin from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated, “The earthquake is located too far inland and too deep inside the earth to generate a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.”



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June 4, 2009

Kung Fu star Carradine found dead in Bangkok hotel

Kung Fu star Carradine found dead in Bangkok hotel

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American actor David Carradine was today found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand. The 72-year-old actor had been in Thailand for production of his latest film, Stretch.

According to Bangkok police, the star of 1970’s cult TV series Kung Fu was found half-naked in a wardrobe, a cord around his neck and body; the discovery was made by a hotel maid. One of Thailand’s daily papers, The Nation, reports that police state there was no evidence of an intruder, positing that the actor had hanged himself.

Carradine’s biggest recent success was his appearance in Quentin Tarrantino’s movie, Kill Bill. In the 2003 film he played the title character Bill. His other considerable body of work in the entertainment business included around 100 other film appearances and nominations for four Golden Globe Awards.

His personal manager, Chuck Binder, told the press the news was “shocking and sad”. He described the actor behind the iconic Caine character as, “…full of life, always wanting to work… a great person.”

Carradine leaves behind wife Annie Bierman and three children, two of which have followed the family tradition and become actresses.



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January 4, 2009

Bangkok nightclub owner to face charges over New Year\’s fire

Bangkok nightclub owner to face charges over New Year’s fire

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The owner of the Santika Club, site of the 2009 Bangkok nightclub fire, is to be charged along with twelve other directors over the disaster. 62 people were killed and 229 injured by the blaze, thought to have been triggered by New Year fireworks on the stage, although investigations are ongoing.

“I feel very sorry for what had happened. I want to apologise to victims’ family members,” said Mr Setsawat, the club’s owner. The club had just three exits, of which one was known only to staff and another locked. A number of people died in the stampede for the door. There was also only one fire extinguisher and the venue was only licensed as a snack bar closing at midnight.

Setsawat has already been charged with allowing an underage customer into the club after a 17-year-old student’s body was recovered from the charred remnants of the club. He now faces further charges of carelessness resulting in death. The charges will be pressed once paperwork has cleared, police have indicated. 31 people remain in critical condition in hospitals.



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