An #Australian grandmother who claimed she was tricked into carrying drugs into #Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam Tuesday won her fi

Australian gran wins Malaysia death sentence appeal

Australian gran wins Malaysia death sentence appeal

Australian gran wins Malaysia death sentence appeal

Australian gran wins Malaysia death sentence appeal

Australian gran wins Malaysia death sentence appeal
Australian gran wins Malaysia death sentence appeal
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An #Australian grandmother who claimed she was tricked into carrying drugs into #Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam Tuesday won her final appeal against the death penalty and will be freed.

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying.

She was initially cleared of trafficking after a judge ruled in 2017 she did not know she was transporting the drugs, but the acquittal was overturned after prosecutors appealed and she was handed a death sentence.

Capital punishment is mandatory in Muslim-majority Malaysia for anyone convicted of trafficking certain amounts of some controlled substances.

Hugo Pinto Exposto (C), the son of Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto (not pictured), reacts after a Malaysian court overturned her death sentence for drug trafficking and ordered her release – AFP / Mohd RASFAN

But the Federal Court in the administrative capital Putrajaya, the final court of appeal, overturned that decision and ordered her release.

“The appeal is allowed. The appellant is freed and discharged,” said chief justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

The mother of four, who was stopped in Malaysia while heading to Australia, had claimed she was fooled into carrying the bag after travelling to China to see someone she met online called “Captain Daniel Smith”, who claimed to be a US serviceman.



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British baby fighting for his life in Thailand

A British baby is fighting for his life after almost drowning in a bathtub in #Thailand.

York Skirrow stopped breathing and his tiny heart stopped beating for 18 minutes following the tragic incident in Bangkok.

The 11-month-old was found by a nanny, who was looking after York and his brother Rex, and later rushed to hospital.

He remains in a critical condition.

York’s ex-pat parents Nick and Jana Skirrow, 36 and 34, were out teaching when the incident happened and believe their son may have stepped on the plug and turned the tap on when the water was draining.

York is still fighting for his life (Image: Triangle News)

Nick, originally from Leeds, West Yorks said: “I don’t know the ins and outs but it seems York needed washing off.

“He had a bath and the nanny had drained the water out.

“She got worried that the stove was still on and that Rex – York’s two-year-old brother – could be there so she went to check.

“No one can know for sure but our thought is he stepped on the plug and turned the tap on.

“He has done this before but he must have slipped and then the unimaginable happened.”

The horrified nanny rushed the boy to hospital where doctors desperately revived him.

But he was starved of oxygen to the brain and it is feared York may be left brain damaged.

A family friend has since started a GoFundMe page to help his parents pay for mounting medical bills.

He was starved of oxygen to the brain (Image: Triangle News)

Charles Bagnall described York’s mum and dad as “lovely people”.

He added: “The costs to give him a fighting chance is around £4,000 a day and until he is stable they don’t have the option to move to another hospital.

“It’s a nightmare situation both with York’s prognosis and the costs.”

The family has private insurance which reached its £25,000 limit in less than a week.

Charles’ page was set up six days ago and has already racked up almost £20,000 in donations.

He wrote on the GoFundMe : “Nick and Jana have not asked for this campaign to be set up.

“However I ask for friends to come forward on this site with any cash contributions, no matter how large or small, to give them a helping hand they need in the difficult weeks ahead.

Nick and Jane Skirrow with sons York and Rex (Image: Triangle News)

“I think I speak for all of us when I say this is a deeply upsetting incident that couldn’t have happened to a nicer family.

“If you aren’t in a position to contribute then I plead you to keep York, Nick, Jana and York’s brother Rex in your thoughts and prayers.”

Nick said he has been able to forgive the nanny – who he said was “beside herself” – and that she loves his sons greatly.

He added: “Moving forward we are looking to provide York with the best life he can have. He has been on a roller coaster ride and the ups and downs have brought tears to us and our friends.

“However, the support has been fantastic.

“York is a true fighter, he has been in ICU for a week already. In that time he has stabilised and his organs all seem to be on the mend.”

The baby will remain in ICU for another 10 to 14 days as he continues to be treated in a private hospital.



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The Boom Of Online Gaming In Thailand

#Thailand is mostly known for its exciting nightlife – an experience that isn’t quite complete without its booming #gaming industry.

While most of Thailand’s betting culture is comprised of the national lottery, this doesn’t mean that the country has no interest in gaming.

The opposite is actually true, as Thailand, over the years, has been fostering a strong gambling culture, one that is growing by the day.

The rapid growth of this industry has a lot to do with the technological advances afforded to the world, literally changing how we do things in our everyday lives.

So, let’s take a look at the state of Thailand’s gambling culture, the imminent rise of online gaming, and what the future holds for this promising industry.

Thai Gambling Culture

 

Poipet resides on the Cambodian-Thai border and is home to Thailand’s favourite casinos

Thailand’s strong gambling culture isn’t that surprising if you consider the country’s love affair with gaming in general.

Thailand is home to over 28 million active players, and it is these players’ love for the thrill and excitement of competitive activities that drives the industries.

The prominence of Thai gambling culture is made even more impressive by the fact that the nearest brick and mortar casinos are found 250 kilometres away from Bangkok, in a town called Poipet.

Poipet resides on the Cambodian-Thai border and is home to Thailand’s favourite casinos.

In fact, so many citizens from Thailand are willing to make the three-hour trip that they account for 95% of Poipet casinos’ customers.

Rise of Online Gaming

 

This attraction to Poipet’s casinos is evident in the parallel growth of online gaming in the country, as well.

Indeed, mobile and online gaming have been on the rise for years. This is likely because online gaming has given the citizens of Thailand a more accessible way to play.

Online gaming companies also give players a variety of games to choose from, such as slots and online sports betting.

What’s more, both locals and tourists can try playing slots for free online before betting any real money.

This makes the method a great entry point for people who want to start playing for real.

Thailand Business News explains that the success of online gambling can also be attributed to how the industry allows Thai citizens to play from any location.

This feature is coupled with the country’s bustling sports industry, which bolsters the popular online betting scene.

With football on the rise all over the country, there has been a surge in online sports betting.

All of these factors have resulted in 70% of the adult population participating in the online gambling industry, resulting in a revenue of ฿184 billion annually.

Future of the Online Gaming Industry

 

Considering Thailand’s national lottery was established in 2003, the country is ripe for more growth and innovation when it comes to the gaming industry.

The potential revenue of the online gambling industry is rising at an unprecedented rate, so much so that Thailand will likely end up expanding its gaming options beyond the national lottery.

Seeing as most online gambling in Thailand is done offshore, there is a huge potential for the industry’s growth in the country via the creation of their own local online platforms.



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