The Daily Populous

Wednesday December 8th, 2021 evening edition

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Thailand’s supreme court has sentenced construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta to two and a half years in prison without probation on charges related to the poaching of protected animals, a prosecutor told Reuters news agency.

Premchai, president of Thai construction company Italian-Thai Development, was found guilty on Wednesday of possessing a firearm without a permit, enabling poaching and possessing the carcass of a protected animal, said prosecutor Phanomrit Homnitsakul.

Premchai’s accomplices were also sentenced to 33 and 37 months in jail.

In 2019, a provincial court originally found Premchai guilty of poaching charges and sentenced him to 16 months in prison.

The lower court originally ordered Premchai and a huntsman, Thani Thummas, to pay a fine of 2 million baht ($63,200).

Thais have closely followed the case of Premchai as high-profile individuals are rarely convicted on poaching charges.

“If the court summons you, you should go,” Prayuth told reporters on Tuesday. »

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US billionaire surrenders $70m of stolen art

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Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s largest collectors of ancient art, “displayed a rapacious appetite for plundered artefacts”, the district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr said on Monday.

The lifetime ban marks the dramatic culmination of an international investigation that began officially in 2017.

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Progressives in Congress are backing a bill for a 4-day work week

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Japanese scientists develop glowing masks to detect coronavirus

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KYOTO (Kyodo) -- A team of scientists at a university in western Japan has developed masks that glow when exposed to ultraviolet light if they contain traces of the coronavirus, using antibodies extracted from ostrich eggs.

With testing continuing to put them into practical use, the team aims to gain government approval to sell the masks possibly next year.

The filter can be taken out and sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing the coronavirus antibodies from the ostrich eggs. »