Search Keywords:
Searched the site for keyword(s):  
Search again ordering:  alphabetical  newest-to-oldest  oldest-to-newest
Results - of matches
Search took seconds
               

Climate change conference

Posted by hasekamp on 29 March 2008 at 14:33 PM
More than 1,000 senior environment officials from 190 countries worldwide will participate in a UN-sponsored negotiating session on climate change next week in Bangkok, a senior Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment official said. Kasemsun Chinnavaso, secretary-general of Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, said a five-day session of the "Bangkok Climate Change Talks" is set to begin on Monday at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap). Next week's talks will carry forward a set of decisions called the "Bali Roadmap" which were adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference held in the Indonesian island last December. Talks on further commitments for Kyoto Protocol Parties will include considering possible tools available to industrialised countries to reach future emission reductions. The two processes are set to culminate in a strengthened and effective international climate change deal, to be clinched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009. "Thailand will host the upcoming talks after it has relentlessly taken actions on global warming in the past and they've been recognised globally," Dr. Kasemsun said, adding that the country's attempts were made even though Thailand is not among countries which need to reduce emissions. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Rice shortage

Posted by hasekamp on 28 March 2008 at 11:13 AM
Her Majesty the Queen is concerned about living conditions of the farmers after rice are reportedly stolen in many areas while there is a shortage of water. According to Sing Buri governor Prapas Boonyindee, Her Majesty told her lady-in-waiting that she is worried about the farmers and would like provincial governors to look after them closely. Prasert Kosalwit, director-general of the Rice Department, said Thursday the country could face a shortage of rice after skyrocketing prices have encouraged traders to substantially increase their export volumes. In Ayutthaya, meanwhile, about 10,000 rais of paddy fields have been ravaged by pests, which have been added to farmers' financial problems. Mr Prapas said there is enough water for off-season ricefields at this period only. He encouraged farmers to plant crops that do not use a lot of water. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Artificial rain helps

Posted by hasekamp on 26 March 2008 at 12:37 PM
Air quality has improved in the northern provinces as artificial rain making continues to ensure clean air. The dust particles in the northern province of Chiang Rai have reduced to 56 microgrammes per cubic meter (mg/cm) after haze, covering the provinces several days, alleviated. The safety standard level of the air quality is below 120 mg/cm. Two planes from the rain making operations centre in the northern region flew Wednesday to seed cloud cover over Chiang Mai's Samoeng district and Mae Hong Son's Khun Yuam district. In Chiang Mai, air quality has improved and the airborne particulate matter dropped below the danger level. Dust particle levels at City Hall were measured at 67 mg/cm. Meanwhile, Royal Thai Air Force chief ACM Chalit Pukbhasuk said that the service branch stands ready to help the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry in carrying out artificial rain project. Outdoor burning for farming by local villagers is prevalent in thai season, but it was not a good farming method as grass burned by farmers becomes ash and can't be used as fertilizer for growing plants, he said. The best way to solve the problem is to prevent forest fires and to stop outdoor burnings, he added. (Source: Thai News Agency)


Category: Default

Pets brought to Temples

Posted by hasekamp on 26 March 2008 at 12:34 PM
People have massively gone to Temples to release pet cats and dogs after an outbreak of feline distemper killed hundreds of cats in Ang Thong province. Temples in Ang Thong have reportedly encountered an influx of cats, dogs and rabbits left by panicked villagers who fear they may contract the disease from their pets. The situation is similar in the northern province of Phichit, where a number of cats and dogs were found at Wat Bung Sifai and Wat Thaluang in Muang district, officials said. The number of dogs abandoned at temples rose sharply following a fresh report of dogs dying of canine distemper in Ayutthaya and Kamphaeng Phet provinces yesterday. Each of the 50 monks' living quarters in the temple is currently shared by two to five cats, said a monk there. The panic prompted Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to play down the fear, saying the disease is very common in cats. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

PM: Better life quality

Posted by hasekamp on 25 March 2008 at 10:28 AM
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said during his weekly programme on Sunday morning that he reaped home some useful information during his visit to Singapore. "Singaporeans earn more than they spend. Most Thais, on the ther hand, spend more than they earn. My aim now is to improve the quality of life for Thais by ensuring that prices of everyday goods are in line with basic earnings. Prices of agricultural products should also go up," he said. He also stressed the importance of letting the people understand how the government is dealing with every problem the country faces and explained that the media is one way which allows the government to do that. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

King concerned about smog

Posted by hasekamp on 25 March 2008 at 10:23 AM
His Majesty the King is concerned about the smog problem in Chiang Mai Province caused by forest fires, the groundskeeper of Phu Phing Palace, Amnart Decha said. Mr Amnart said His Majesty is worried the fires will cause health problems and has asked his staff to report to the Royal Household Bureau daily. If the problem is not alleviated, His Majesty will induce artificial rains so smog will be reduced, Mr Amnart said. He also added that authorities are trying to prevent forest encroachment especially caused by man-made fire. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Queen leaves hospital

Posted by hasekamp on 23 March 2008 at 11:15 AM
HM the Queen's condition has improved after being admitted to the hospital on March 9 for having influenza, bronchitis and sinusitis. Team of doctors have recommended that HM the Queen suspends her royal activities for a while to ensure she gets enough rest. The statement issued Sunday said the Queen's condition is improving and there are no complications. There was no longer inflammation in the sinus, the statement said.
HM the Queen was delighted that many groups of people including foreign leaders and people sent get well and well-wishing to her during her stay in the hospital. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Making Patong safer

Posted by hasekamp on 22 March 2008 at 18:10 PM
Kathu Police plan to install about 10 more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Patong to increase security and fight crime there, the police chief has announced. Kathu Police Superintendent Col Grissak Songmoonnak told the Gazette that more CCTV cameras are needed in Patong, as the 16 cameras that went into operation there in early 2007 are effective for traffic control, but have done little to aid in criminal investigations. "The image quality from those cameras still can\92t help us in the crime suppression because they were installed in fixed positions to monitor traffic flow. Only a few of them can zoom in or capture images well enough to help fight crime," said Col Grissak. The 16 CCTV cameras in Patong were installed by CAT Telecom in early 2007 under a 16-million-baht contract funded by the CEO Governor\92s budget. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


Category: Default

Boycot of Olympics demanded

Posted by hasekamp on 22 March 2008 at 18:02 PM
Activists gathered Friday in front of the Chinese Consulate in the northern province of Chiang Mai to denounce Beijing's crackdown on Tibetans. More than 50 protesters in front of the consulate held photos of injured Tibetans and banners condemning Beijing's actions in Thai, English, Burmese and Chinese languages. They demanded that Thailand and foreign countries boycott the Beijing Olympics. Suriyan Thongnu-ead, coordinator of a peace group in Chiang Mai, called on China to stop attacking innocent Tibetans who call for democracy. This demonstrators, he said, include Thais as well as Burmeses and other foreigners. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Murderer caught

Posted by hasekamp on 19 March 2008 at 16:00 PM
After a regional manhunt for the killer of Swedish tourist Hanna Charlotta Backlund, 26, whose body was found at Mai Khao Beach on Saturday, police have arrested and charged with murder their prime suspect after he gave himself up in Ranong province early this morning. He will be brought back to Phuket. Akkaradej allegedly told police that he had watched Miss Backlund and her friend Emma Stenman at Mai Khao Beach for three days until on Saturday he spotted Miss Backlund sunbathing alone. He approached Miss Backlund from behind, with a kitchen knife in his right hand taken from his home in Thalang, police said. He grabbed Miss Backlund by her throat with his left hand and, when she attempted to break free, he stabbed her in the neck, stomach and side of her body, police added. After rushing to his home on his motorcycle, he cleaned the knife and hid it in a closet before he changed his clothes, said police. On Sunday morning, Akkaradej and his daughter traveled by bus to a relative\92s home in Chumphon province, police told reporters. After hearing media reports that police had spoken to locals and were moving in on a prime suspect in the murder, Akkaradej left his daughter in the care of his relative and traveled to a friend\92s home in Ranong, said police. Akkaradej\92s father persuaded him during a phone conversation to give himself up, said police. With Akkaradej\92s wife and father present, police took Akkaradej into custody in Baan Tublee, Ranong province, at 1:35 am. The case will be sent to court within one month, police said. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


Category: Default

Wat Pho on Unesco list

Posted by hasekamp on 18 March 2008 at 22:30 PM
\96 Phra Chetupon Temple, more commonly known by Thais as Wat Pho and home of the Reclining Buddha, has been included in the Unesco Memory of the World (MOW) Programme for 2009. The temple was recognised for the historic inscriptions and hermit statues teaching traditional Thai yoga housed inside it. The temple\92s nomination has already been approved by UNESCO committee members in Australia. Official documents affirming this will be sent to Thai authorities on March 31. Wat Pho was built during the Ayutthaya period on the orders of King Rama I and is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok. It is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, the most famous one being the giant Reclining Buddha, which is also a tourist attraction. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Swedish woman murdered on Phuket

Posted by hasekamp on 18 March 2008 at 22:28 PM
Police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a prime suspect in the brutal murder of a Swedish woman on Phuket Island over the weekend. "This case has really hurt Phuket's reputation," said Phuket Governor Nilan Gallayanamit at a press conference announcing the arrest warrant for Akardej Tankae, a local fisherman who is now the chief suspect in the murder of Swedish tourist Charlotta Hanna over the weekend. Authorities have also offered a 100,000 baht reward ($3,175) reward for information leading to the arrest of Akardej, 32. Hanna, 27, was found hacked to death on Mai Khao beach on the island, 660 kilometres south on Bangkok, where she had rented a bungalow. Police said they believe she was killed some time between 11:30 pm Saturday and 1 am Sunday while taking a walk on the beach. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Pact with Burma

Posted by hasekamp on 15 March 2008 at 14:24 PM
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has committed Thailand to an investment accord with Burma under which Thailand will try to boost the economy and help the Burmese military regime. Mr Samak and his Burmese counterpart Gen Thein Sein witnessed the signing of the investment pact during Mr Samak's one-day visit to Burma on Friday. The agreement was kept secret until Mr Samak arrived back in Thailand. The accord reportedly protects Thai investors, although Mr Samak's aides have not presented details on that part of the still confidential agreement. Thailand will discuss taking part in Burmese plans to built a deep sea port at Tavoey opposite Thailand's Andaman Sea coast, and commits the Thai government to press Thai business leaders to invest in the port project and other unspecified projects sponsored by the military regime. Thailand is already one of Myanmar's largest investors and trading partners, with Thai state-owned energy firms being the largest buyers of natural gas from that country. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Many coral reefs damaged

Posted by hasekamp on 14 March 2008 at 15:54 PM
About 40 per cent of the coral reefs in Thailand's coastal waters have sustained significant damage and have deteriorated, according to a senior natural resources official, raising concern that more must be done to protect the kingdom's once abundant varieties of marine life. Department of Marine and Coastal Resources director-general Nisakorn Kositrat said that the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) resolution designated 2008 as the International Year of the Coral Reef (IYOR) to raise awareness of the value and importance of coral reefs in the marine ecology system and threats to their sustainability so that people will take action to protect them. Thailand encompasses about 36,000 acres of coral reefs and about 40 per cent of the reefs have been damaged both by natural action and human activity, she said. Global warming has caused coral bleaching, Ms. Nisakorn indicated. A research plan has been laid out to cushion the effects on coral reefs, marine resources, and the communities along Thailand's coastal areas. (Source: Thai News Agency)


Category: Default

Dengue fever in Thailand

Posted by hasekamp on 14 March 2008 at 15:51 PM
The Public Health Ministry issued a warning yesterday, saying the country is experiencing the worst outbreak of dengue fever in a decade, with more than 4,000 people infected by the virus in only two months. A total of 4,393 people fell ill between Dec 30 last year and Feb 23, with six deaths reported. Children and teenagers aged from seven to 14 were a high risk, officials said. More than half of the dengue infect-ions and fatalities were in central provinces, followed by the South and the North. The surge in dengue fever infections was mainly because of climate change which accelerated the life cycle of the mosquito, enabling them to produce a minimum infective dose of the dengue virus faster than before.
The last outbreak in Thailand was reported in 1998 when 129,954 people were found to be infected with dengue fever, leaving 424 dead. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Thai jasmine rice does not contain GMO

Posted by hasekamp on 13 March 2008 at 18:18 PM
Foreign Trade Department Director-General Apiradee Tantraporn on Thursday denied a report that some of the country's trademark Thai jasmine rice is produced based on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), saying the report is totally groundless. Her denial came amid the news that Thailand had accelerated a counter test on some jasmine rice after the World Trade Organization made a strict scrutiny of origin of some samples of the commodity. She said WTO does not require member countries to make counter tests on the origin of products, including Thai jasmine rice. Mrs.Apiradee dismissed as totally untrue the report that some Thai jasmine rice was found produced based on GMOs. She emphasised that GMO plants, particularly rice, are not allowed to grow in Thailand since the rice is considered the main food of Thai people and key export of the country. (Source: Thai News Agency)


Category: Default

Elephant day

Posted by hasekamp on 13 March 2008 at 11:39 AM
Elephants today will enjoy a "buffet" of fruit and vegetables during Thailand's National Elephant Day in the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya, 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok, March 13, 2008. Thais honor the elephant on Elephant Day with special fruit and Buddhist ceremonies across the country to pay homage to their national animal, who may be an endangered species in the - not too far - future. Like everywhere else, humans are claiming all the territory and beautiful animals are merely regarded as a nuisance nowadays. (Source - except for the comment at the end - :Yahoo News)


Category: Default

Queen remains in hospital

Posted by hasekamp on 12 March 2008 at 15:40 PM
Doctors have asked that HM the Queen remains in hospital for two weeks to ensure she gets enough rest. A Royal Household Bureau statement says the Queen's condition is improving and there are no complications. "HM the Queen needs more rest. She has influenza. Doctors recommend Her Majesty stays in hospital for another two weeks," Chulalongkorn Hospital's Dr Adisorn Patradul says. The flu is widespread at present, and is particularly affecting older people. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Alternative energy promoted

Posted by hasekamp on 11 March 2008 at 16:40 PM
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) launches policy to promote alternative energies to deal with high oil prices and global warming. Deputy Bangkok Governor Bannasophit Mekwichai says BMA\92s projects on the promotion of alternative energies include energy courses in 435 schools operating under BMA and research on alternative energies in communities. In addition, Mrs Bannasophit says BMA will persuade the private sector to take part in the projects and set up a network of alternative energy producers. Apart from bio-diesel and solar energy, BMA has also set plans to use wind as another alternative energy. It is now surveying areas which have wind strong enough for the production of energy such as the Bang Khun Thian district. (Source: Public Relations Department)


Category: Default

Queen in hospital

Posted by hasekamp on 10 March 2008 at 12:32 PM
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with a cold and bronchitis on Sunday, according to a statement from the Royal Household Bureau. The bureau said in its statement that the Queen had been admitted to Bangkok's Chulalongkorn Hospital after suffering from a cold and frequent coughing. Her Majesty would remain in hospital for a few days for close medical observation following royal physicians' advice, the statement said. (Source: Thai News Agency)


Category: Default

Paedophile in court

Posted by hasekamp on 10 March 2008 at 12:25 PM
Accused Canadian paedophile Christopher Paul Neil made his first appearance in court since his arrest last October, but his case was adjourned for three months while the Criminal Court finds him a lawyer. Neil, 32, is accused of child molestation, child abduction and other offenses. When he appeared to face charges on Monday, he claimed he had no defense lawyer. He was brought into court in shackles, hands and feet. The court delayed the case and rescheduled the next hearing for June 2 at 9am. Neil will be provided with a lawyer by the court. He allegedly lured a nine-year-old boy for molestation and detained him in his home in Bangkok and in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima. Neil was arrested in northeast Thailand last Oct 19 after he was identified in a ground-breaking technology breakthrough by Interpol. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Thaksin to go to court

Posted by hasekamp on 8 March 2008 at 12:32 PM
Pichit Chuenban, lawyer of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, said Mr Thaksin is ready to stand trial in the first hearing of Ratchadaphisek land deal to be held on March 12. Mr Pichit said he finished drafting the testimony statement for Mr Thaksin, who has to defend himself against allegations of abusing his power to acquire the land deal for his wife and hiding his assets while serving as prime minister. Mr Thaksin is scheduled to appear at the Supreme Court at 9.30am. Mr Pichit also said that Mr Thaksin has not told him to draft a letter to ask the court's permission to leave Thailand for England on March 13 to attend business of Manchester City football league. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Ancient Temple burnt

Posted by hasekamp on 8 March 2008 at 12:30 PM
Fire destroyed a 200-year-old building of a temple in Surin province late Friday, burning 25 monk's chambers. Police said fire swarmed the building rapidly because it was made of wood. It took firemen about half an hour to control the flame. Six monks, who reportedly stayed inside the building when fire erupted, survived. Cost of damage is estimated at 3 million baht. Police will investigate cause of fire on Saturday morning. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Russian arms trafficker caught

Posted by hasekamp on 8 March 2008 at 12:28 PM
The US, Russia and a UN war crimes tribunal all want Lord of War Viktor Bout - but Thailand says the Russian arms trafficker will have to be prosecuted in Bangkok first. Pol Lt-Gen Adisorn Nonsi, chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, said the suspect will be charged and put on trial for procuring weapons or assets to assist terrorist training or operations. In Thailand, the maximum penalty for these offences is 10 years in prison and a fine of 200,000 baht. According to Pol Lt-Gen Adisorn, Thai police will ask the court on Saturday for permission to detain Mr Bout for 12 days of further questioning. The Crime Suppression Division has set up an investigation team headed by CSD deputy chief Pol Col Petcharat Saengchai to look into the suspect's alleged arms dealing activities. He said the CSD will jointly expand the investigation with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the time being. Pol Lt-Gen Anusorn said negotiations on Mr Bout's extradition would need to await the outcome of any prosecution in Thailand. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Anti-drug campaign launched

Posted by hasekamp on 6 March 2008 at 12:34 PM
Justice Minister Somphong Amornvivat has launched a new round of the government's anti-drug campaign with the announcement of setting up a national-level drug-busting committee headed by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.
Mr. Sompong, who discussed the matter with Office of the Narcotics Control Board chief Kitti Limchaikit, said the National Committee for Prevention and Suppression of Drug Trafficking will be chaired by the prime minister and consist of several ministers concerned, including himself. Under the procedures of the new drug war, relatives and close associates of drug dealing suspects may be questioned and have their assets examined by the authorities, including the Anti-Money Laundering Office and the Revenue Department. Funds put away in any banks or other property of those related to or connected with the suspected drug dealers will be thoroughly scanned. Rewards will be granted to those who may give information leading to the arrest of major drug dealers currently at large, the justice minister added. (Source: Thai News Agency)


Category: Default

Elephant crippled for life

Posted by hasekamp on 6 March 2008 at 12:28 PM
Veterinarians on Thursday ruled out surgery for Sampran, the 6-year-old elephant whose forefoot has swollen to a monstrous size after being injured in a hunter's trap two years ago. "We can't operate on the foot because there would be too much blood loss," said Dr Sittidej Mahasawangkul after taking an x-ray of Sampran's damaged foot at Lampang National Elephant Institute hospital in the North. Sampran, a wild elephant, was finally brought to the hospital for treatment Thursday after suffering from a foot injury inflicted by a hunter's trap more than two years ago. Forest rangers at Khao Ang Rue Nai wildlife sanctuary befriended the young elephant by offering it food, until it trusted them enough to be brought to hospital for treatment. But vets who examined the elephant's wound said it could never be completely healed. "The infection has gotten in to the bone, which has grown like a tumour," said Dr Sittidej, in a telephone interview from Lampang hospital. "We may be able to keep it alive with antibiotics and treatment, but Sampran will always be a cripple." The Lampang National Elephant Institute is the world's first hospital to specialise in pachyderm treatment, funded by donations, earnings off tourists who visit the hospital and the government. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Measures against drought

Posted by hasekamp on 5 March 2008 at 17:09 PM
Thailand's cabinet expressed concern over the possibility of extreme drought in the northern and northeastern regions and ordered the agencies concerned to prepare emergency measures to help the drought-ravaged area, according to deputy government spokesperson Suparat Nakbunnam. Ms. Suparat said during the weekly Tuesday cabinet meeting, the Interior Ministry had briefed ministers regarding the drought situation in 201 districts of 34 provinces facing the water shortage and drought problems.
Over 700,000 households were affected by drought-related problems, she said. The cabinet ordered the implementation of five urgent measures to relieve local residents' distress. These included providing water for consumption and agricultural use, helping villagers to generate income with short- term occupational training, promoting sanitation and health protection and promoting the safety of lives and property. (Source: Thai News Agency)


Category: Default

Popular night bazaar to be closed

Posted by hasekamp on 4 March 2008 at 21:10 PM
A Bangkok court has officially ordered the popular Suan Lum Night Bazaar closed, the Crown Property Bureau said on Tuesday. The next step will be to force out the hundreds of tenants to clear the land for what appears to be the building of a mall and hotel complex. "It is the intention of Crown Property Bureau to comply with the court order and to carry out this order as stated," said the Crown Property Bureau in a statement. Any tenants who refuse to leave the hugely popular night market next to Lumpini Park could face "seizure, arrest or imprisonment," said the agency in an advertisement notice printed in several Thai-language newspapers. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Thaksin fights back

Posted by hasekamp on 4 March 2008 at 18:05 PM
It was only a matter of time, and now ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra has launched a verbal attack on the military junta and former prime minister Surayud Chulanont for damaging the economy. Talking to the Financial Times business newspaper, the ousted leader said the Council for National Security (CNS) was responsible for dragging down the economy and causing investors to lose confidence in Thailand. He then slammed the Surayud government, installed following his ouster, for leaving the Samak administration to "pick up the pieces." Mr Thaksin said he believed Thailand will continue to feel the repercussions of the US economic slowdown since the US is one of Thailand's major importers. He urged the private sector to reap the benefits of a strong baht to buy modern equipment from abroad for use with their businesses. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Results of the search for    [which took seconds]

  • Total Matches: Documents
  • Total Pages:
  • Current Page #:
  • Matches on This Page: -
  •