Saudi train conflict!

Updated 06 July 2012

Saudi train conflict!

What is it with the Saudi railway?
Why does it have to be so complicated to the extent of rollover?
Well, it is out of question that we need a railway to connect the huge country of ours, from east to west and north to south. But if the case of the short running train (400 km only!) is always disappointing, how can we judge the expected massive expansion linking the Kingdom!
Even though the current train has been running for the last 50 years, the situation was never encouraging for a serious public use! This explains why Riyadh-Dammam Road (highway travelers’ road) is as busy as Khurais Road! Thousands of us prefer to drive rather than taking the train. Now, it is going to get even worse after the last train accident!
The Saudi government should find a way out as fast as possible! People have had enough of waiting, being promised and dreaming! Maybe the private sector has to get involved! No mission or committee is going to help in this matter.
Please stop fantasies! The load of population cannot wait much longer! The load on aviation is a conflict already and soon enough the load on asphalt will be at the top of the Saudi list!

(The writer is Chairman, Saudi Cartoon & Animation Society)


American sued in Thailand over negative Tripadviser review

Updated 26 September 2020

American sued in Thailand over negative Tripadviser review

  • ‘We chose to file a complaint to serve as a deterrent, as we understood he may continue to write negative reviews week after week for the foreseeable future’

BANGKOK: An American has been sued by an island resort in Thailand over a negative TripAdviser review, authorities said Saturday, and could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.
Domestic tourism is still happening in Thailand, where coronavirus numbers are relatively low, with locals and expats heading to near-empty resorts — including Koh Chang island, famed for its sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
But a recent visit to the Sea View Resort on the island landed Wesley Barnes in trouble after he wrote unflattering online reviews about his holiday.
“The Sea View Resort owner filed a complaint that the defendant had posted unfair reviews on his hotel on the Tripadviser website,” Col. Thanapon Taemsara of Koh Chang police said.
He said Barnes was accused of causing “damage to the reputation of the hotel,” and of quarrelling with staff over not paying a corkage fee for alcohol brought to the hotel.
Barnes, who works in Thailand, was arrested by immigration police and returned to Koh Chang where he was briefly detained and then freed on bail.
According to the Tripadviser review Barnes posted in July, he encountered “unfriendly staff” who “act like they don’t want anyone here.”
The Sea View Resort said legal action was only taken because Barnes had penned multiple reviews on different sites over the past few weeks.
At least one was posted in June on Tripadviser accusing the hotel of “modern day slavery” — which the site removed after a week for violating its guidelines.
“We chose to file a complaint to serve as a deterrent, as we understood he may continue to write negative reviews week after week for the foreseeable future,” the hotel said, adding that staff had attempted to contact Barnes before filing the complaint.
Barnes did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Thailand’s notorious anti-defamation laws have long drawn scrutiny from human rights and press freedom groups, who say powerful players use it as a weapon to stifle free expression.
The maximum sentence is two years in prison, along with a 200,000 baht ($6,300) fine.
Earlier this year, a Thai journalist was sentenced to two years in prison for posting a tweet referencing a dispute over working conditions at a chicken farm owned by the Thammakaset company.