Here are two short news stories we didn't have time to cover earlier in the week.
Police inspect the site of a blaze caused by firecrackers exploding in Ayutthaya province’s Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district yesterday. SUNTHORN PONGPAO
3 die, 2 injured in fireworks ‘factory’ blast
AYUTTHAYA: A powerful blast destroyed a house that was being used as an illegal firecracker factory, leaving three people dead and two others injured.
The explosion occurred at about 9am Thursday when workers were transferring firecrackers from the house to a pickup truck in tambon Ban Koh of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district.
The blast sparked a fire that raged through three houses in the area.
Later in the day Ayutthaya governor Witthaya Piewpong and senior police inspected the scene.
The governor said the house where the blast occurred produced various types of fireworks illegally.
Several houses in tambon Ban Koh in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district have been found making fireworks in the past without permission. Only a few fireworks factories have been granted operating permits.
He believed local leaders were fully aware of illegal fireworks production in their areas, but they chose not to report it to provincial authorities.
He threatened to take action against local leaders found to be negligent in their duties.
He said it was not the first time fireworks had gone off accidentally in tambon Ban Koh. In 2004, 13 people were killed in explosions at a fireworks factory there.
firework – a small device containing powder that burns or explodes and produces bright coloured lights and loud noises, used especially at celebrations ดอกไม้ไฟ
blast – an explosion การระเบิด
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
firecracker – a kind of firework that makes a lot of loud noise when it explodes
transfer – to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another ย้าย
spark – to make something happen, especially something bad ก่อให้เกิด
raging – to happen with a lot of force or violence รุนแรงมาก
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
grant – to officially give something ให้
permit – an official document that gives you permission to do something ใบอนุญาต
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
aware – knowing that something exists, or having knowledge or experience of a particular thing ทราบ
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
negligent – not being careful or giving enough attention to people or things that are your responsibility ละเลย,ไม่สนใจ
Footage traps benefits cheat
LONDON: A woman who claimed back pain meant she had difficulty even getting out of bed has been found guilty of swindling benefits after secret footage caught her regularly teeing off on the golf course.
Valerie Lewis, 55, claimed £40,842 (1.94 million baht) in disability benefits over nearly 10 years.
Lewis, who said she could walk no more than 140 yards, was traipsing five miles across the fairways three to four times a week.
Diaries seized by benefit fraud investigators also showed she even played a round of golf the day after her medical assessment.
A court in northern England sentenced her to 24 weeks in jail, suspended for two years. REUTERS
footage – film or video of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
trap – to catch someone such as a criminal จับกุม
benefit – money provided by the government to people who need financial help because they are unemployed, ill/sick, etc เงินสงเคราะห์
find guilty – to prove in a court of law that someone has committed a crime พิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิด
swindle – to obtain money dishonestly from someone by deceiving or cheating them โกง, หลอกลวง, ฉ้อโกง
tee off – to hit a golf ball from a tee, especially at the start of a round of play or a match
claim – to demand or ask for something because you believe it is your legal right to own or to have it อ้างสิทธิ, ยืนยัน
disability – an illness, injury or condition that makes it difficult for someone to do the things that other people do ความพิการ
traipse – to walk around slowly and often without a specific direction เดินลอยชาย, เดินไร้จุดหมาย
diary – a book in which you can write down the experiences you have each day, your private thoughts, etc สมุดบันทึก,ไดอารี่, บันทึกประจำวัน
seize – to take something using official power ยึด
fraud – the crime of international deceiving someone or cheating in order to gain an advantage or benefit การฉ้อโกง การหลอกลวง เล่ห์เพทุบาย
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something – ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ