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Holiday with breast enlargement included if you buy a drink

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2013 at 13:57 PM
A cosmetic surgery holiday company in Australia is now raffling off a trip to Phuket, complete with the option of breast augmentation surgery – all for the price of a round of drinks. The company, ID Rejuvenation, has paired up with the popular local nightclub Tryst, in Mackay on the Central Queensland coast, to offer the deal, reported the local newspaper CQNews. Amy Price, head of ID client services, explained that willing punters need to simply spend $50 on drinks at Tryst. Cosmetic surgery is popular in the coastal country town, but is out of most local residents’ budgets, she explained. “I know probably 10 girls that have just got breast implants this month,” Ms Price told the Daily Mercury. Ms Price, who has also had breast implants, said that for many women cosmetic surgery was about gaining self-confidence. “It’s good to have that kind of perspective to tell girls about it when they come up and ask,” she said. Ms Price said the competition, launched last weekend, had already generated much interest from male and female patrons. While most people inquired about breast augmentation, many also asked about dental work, laser corrective eye surgery and other cosmetic procedures such as nose jobs, liposuction and eye-lifts, she said. Phuket ranked high on the company’s medical tourism list of destinations. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Number of Chinese tourists doubles

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2013 at 13:51 PM
The number of Chinese tourists to Thailand rose 93 per cent during the first quarter of 2013, exceeding a million, officials said Monday. "China’s total of 1.12 million visitor arrivals made it the first time that any country had crossed the one million mark in the short span of three months," the Tourism Authority of Thailand said. Nearly 7 million foreign tourists visited Thailand in the January to March period, up 19 per cent, the authority said. Some 2.7 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand last year,topping Malaysians for the first time as the prime tourist market for the kingdom. This year’s surge in Chinese tourists was partly attributed to the success of the low-budget Chinese film Lost in Thailand, which opened in theatres in December 2012. (Source: The Nation)


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Royal news from the Netherlands

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2013 at 13:48 PM
Because this site is produced in the Netherlands, we cite here the way the Thai press reports about a major Royal event:

Thirty-three years ago, on her birthday, the (late) Queen Mother, Her Royal Highness Queen Juliana handed over the throne to her daughter. On April 30 2013, the anniversary marking Queen Beatrix's reign of 33 years, she hands over the throne to her eldest son, His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander. After 123 years of women as heads of the State, the Netherlands will once again have a King and in the year in which Netherlands celebrates 200 years of being a kingdom. April 30 has been a special day for the Dutch people ever since 1948, when the Queen Mother started her reign. The date is her birthday and has been marked as Queen's Day ever since. With a King on the throne again, Queen's Day will become King's Day. From 5pm Bangkok time on April 30, a live broadcast "The Inauguration 2013" will be screened at the Royal Netherlands Embassy. More than 1.000 people have been invited to attend. The Netherlands Residence will be decorated on the theme "Fairy Tale Garden Reception". (Source: The Nation)


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King treated for infection

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2013 at 13:41 PM
His Majesty the King was treated for a high fever, irregular heartbeat and a slight cough early Sunday morning. At about 1 am, his blood pressure dropped a little, the Royal Household Bureau reported in a statement released Monday. Doctors at Siriraj Hospital examined him and found unusual sounds in his lung and abdomen. A chest X-ray revealed a slight infection in the lower lungs but nothing abnormal in the abdomen. A blood test revealed some infection. The doctors gave His Majesty medications through a saline drip. A follow up examination on Sunday afternoon showed the fever had fallen, his breathing had returned to normal and his general condition improved. (Source: The Nation)


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Embarrassing Fabook pictures

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2013 at 13:38 PM
An inmate in Phitsanulok Prison is being questioned after pictures of him in shackles were posted on a Facebook page. Phongmit Prasertsakul, commander of the prison, was alerted by a local journalist to pictures of the inmate, identified as Marwin Samphanwong, 28, that were taken inside the prison. The pictures were displayed on a Facebook account registered under the name "Winner and Khun Noo Mayom". Mr Phongmit said Marwin had been convicted of rape and was serving a five-year jail term which will end on Nov 1. He is in Zone 5 of the prison. The pictures, one of which shows him shackled at the ankles and squatting beside a prison locker, were believed to have been taken with a mobile phone camera. Mobile phones are banned in the prison. Mr Phongmit said Marwin claimed he had borrowed his friend's phone to take the photo. A search at the jail failed to locate the phone and further investigations are under way. The prison chief said Marwin's jail term would be extended by one to two years for his guilt. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Bridge collapses in Ayutthaya

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2013 at 13:35 PM
Five people, including two children, were killed and 45 injured when a bridge collapsed in Tha Rua district Sunday. A supporting cable snapped as a large number of motorcycles overloaded the bridge over the Pasak River about 5pm in tambon Tha Luang, district chief Withit Pinnikorn said. The bridge is open only to motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians. Pedestrians, motorcyclists and bike riders dropped into the river and on to the ground below. Debris from the collapsed concrete surface and steel structure of the bridge, as well as one of two pairs of concrete beams, also plummeted to the ground. The 4m-wide bridge, which sat 20 metres above the river, was repaired last year at a cost of eight million baht after the major floods in 2011. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Baht at 16-year high

Posted by hasekamp on 21 April 2013 at 16:29 PM
Thai baht continues its sharp appreciation. At 8.18am, it hit a new 16-year high at 28.71 per dollar, gaining 2.02percent from end-March, according to Bank of Thailand data. Month to date, the currency also gained 6.40 per cent against Japanese yen, at 29.26 per 100 yen. It also appreciated by 0.17 per cent against euro to 27.478. (Source: The Nation)


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Royal visits to Amsterfdam

Posted by hasekamp on 21 April 2013 at 16:26 PM
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will visit the Netherlands to attend the crowing ceremony of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, 45, on April 30, Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul yesterday. The minister expressed gratitude to his Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans at a meeting in The Hague, saying that everything had been prepared for the royal visit. Surapong also discussed investment opportunities with Timmermans. (Source:The Nation)


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Wildlife traffickers behind killing elephants

Posted by hasekamp on 21 April 2013 at 16:24 PM
A Laotian-Vietnamese wildlife trafficker and influential local people are believed to be behind the slaying of wild elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi, an elephant expert told reporters at the Crime Reporters and Photographers Association of Thailand. Elephant expert Dulasit Snidwongs na Ayutthaya said the alleged Laotian wildlife trafficker who has Vietnamese nationality was Roi or Doi Jantawongsa. She, and influential people, including a Thai policeman and his Vietnamese wife, who live in the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, worked together and were allegedly involved in the elephant slaughter. He said six wild elephants were killed over the past 15 months in the park. But bullets found in the elephants' bodies were not able to kill the animals on their own. Therefore, he believed that they were poisoned, and that the poachers only shot the animals to create false evidence. He believed the killings were not for the ivory in the animals' tusks or their babies, as the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) had suggested. Rather, they wanted the slaughter to create conflicts between the park officials and local people, including Karen, Karang and Paka-Kyaw Karen people. Such conflicts would delay the process to include Kaeng Krachan as a royal project. If the park was a royal project, it would be strictly guarded to stop outsiders making use of its forests. Dulasit said all of the elephants were killed near a reservoir in the park. He believed that poachers hired by this gang killed them there so park staff would pay more attention to guard elephants in the area, and they could use routes in other areas of the park to transport illegal objects for their trade. (Source: The Nation)


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Celebrating Rattanakosin Kingdom

Posted by hasekamp on 18 April 2013 at 13:18 PM
The Ministry of Culture is collaborating with the Crown Property Bureau, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Culture Council Association of Thailand in organising "Culture-led Thailand" from April 20 to 22 in celebration of the 231st anniversary of the Rattanakosin Kingdom and the City Pillar Shrine. The celebratory event provides knowledge and relates the history of the Rattanakosin Kingdom since its establishment in 1782. Various activities will be held in the Rattanakosin Island area as well as at important sites in the vicinity. (Source: The Nation)


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Nationwide 255 deaths so far

Posted by hasekamp on 16 April 2013 at 21:45 PM
Thirty-seven people were killed and 419 injured in 393 accidents on Monday, the fifth of the "seven dangerous days" of Songkran (April 11-17), the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported Tuesday. In the first five days of the holiday period there were 2,290 road accidents which caused 255 deaths and 2,439 injuries. The road accidents were down 11.27% from 2,581 cases on the same five-day period last year, when there were 253 deaths and 2,751 injuries. Chiang Mai had the highest number of accidents at 86 and injuries at 87. Prachuap Khiri Khan and Kanchanaburi had the highest death tolls, with 11 each. Drunk driving and speeding were still the prime causes of accidents. Motorcycles and pickup trucks being involved in the largest number of accidents. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Phuket still at zero deaths!

Posted by hasekamp on 16 April 2013 at 21:40 PM
The fifth day of the Seven Days of Dan­ger nation­wide road-safety cam­paign came to a close at mid­night last night with the death toll for the Thai new year hol­i­day peri­od in Phuket remain­ing at zero. The Depart­ment of Dis­as­ter Pre­ven­tion and Mit­i­ga­tion Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket), which col­lates all road acci­dent sta­tis­tics in Phuket dur­ing the cam­paign, report­ed two motor­bike acci­dents and one car acci­dent between mid­night Sun­day and mid­night Mon­day. The first acci­dent for the day occurred at 12:10am, when Jongdee Panakul, 27, was dri­ving his motor­bike drunk and col­lid­ed with a van on Sak­didet Road. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Thaksin wants forgiveness

Posted by hasekamp on 14 April 2013 at 21:50 PM
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday used the occasion of Songkran, the Thai New Year, to apologise to those seniors whom he had "hurt" and also forgave those who had "hurt" him, while sending his good wishes to Thais on his Facebook page. "I am a Buddhist and grew up in the environment and culture of northerners, so I always want to uphold this value [apologise and forgive],'' he said. But Thaksin, who many believe to be the de facto leader of the ruling Pheu Thai Party, also expressed nostalgia and said he was homesick. "I am well, living abroad, but I miss home sometimes, though I'm starting to get used to it. It is during Songkran that I feel more homesick,'' he said. Thaksin said Songkran Day is a good time to remove inauspiciousness from the body and mind. "We should at least have a day when we can start life afresh, in an auspicious way, and forget bad things and prejudices for the sake of the country and countrymen,'' he wrote. (Source: The Nation)


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Preah Vihar battle nears its end

Posted by hasekamp on 14 April 2013 at 21:46 PM
The final chapter of Thailand and Cambodia's 51-year battle for Preah Vihear temple and its surrounding area begins Monday in the Netherlands. The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) will open its hearing on the territorial dispute by listening to oral statements from both sides over the course of this week. Thailand lost ownership of the temple on June 16, 1962, when the World Court, as it is also known, ruled in favour of Cambodia. However, the ICJ did not rule on the 4.6 sq km area around the temple and both countries have laid claim to it. The Cambodia government filed a case with the ICJ two years ago, requesting a verdict on the disputed area. The ICJ will listen to the Cambodia legal team Monday and on Thursday, while the Thai team, headed by ambassador to the Hague Virachai Plasai, will speak on Wednesday and Friday. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Phuket gives good example

Posted by hasekamp on 13 April 2013 at 16:04 PM
The second day of the Seven Days of Danger nationwide road-safety campaign for the Songkran Thai new year holiday period passed on Phuket without recording any deaths, leaving the island’s road toll for the period so far at zero. The Seven Days campaign began at midnight on Wednesday. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket), which collates all road accident statistics during the campaign, reported two motorbike accidents for the period midnight Thursday through midnight Friday. The first involved Russian national Evgeny Konovalov. At 9:50am yesterday, he fell off his motorbike on the road between Kamala and Patong. Rescue workers at the scene reported that the accident occurred because the road was wet and slippery and that Mr Konovalov was not familiar with the twists and turns along that hilly stretch of road. The second accident reported occurred at 4:10pm, when Patchawat Naktrakul fell off her motorbike in front of the Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket Town. However, at 5:50am today – and yet to be included in the Seven Days statistics – two young men on a motorbike slammed into a public phone box attached to a power pole on Thepkrasattri Road in Thalang. Rescue workers reported both men had been drinking alcohol, which impaired the men’s ability to explain what caused the accident. Both men were rushed to the nearby Thalang Hospital, but later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town for further treatment. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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First day: 39 dead already

Posted by hasekamp on 13 April 2013 at 15:59 PM
A total of 39 deaths were reported killed in the road accidents on the first day of seven dangerous days of Songkran festival, the Road Safety Centre announced Friday. On Thursday, the first day of the seven dangerous days, saw 39 deaths and 342 injuries in 326 road accidents, Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt told a press conference Friday. (Source: The Nation)


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Songkran wishes

Posted by hasekamp on 13 April 2013 at 15:57 PM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and opposition Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva are the two personalities that people want to splash with water this Songkran, followed by veteran Democrat Chuan Leekpai, Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda and Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung. Based on an Abac Poll released Friday, the public want to see five "NOs" this Songkran - NO drinking, NO driveby water attacks, NO coyote dancing, NO molestation and NO scanty clothing. Most people's wishes this holiday include Yingluck devoting full attention to economic development, resolving political conflicts and increasing welfare benefits. They also want politicians in general to end corruption, stop bickering and comply to ethical standards. (Source: The Nation)


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Everybody celebrates Songkran!

Posted by hasekamp on 13 April 2013 at 15:53 PM
Residents in the Muslim-majority southernmost provinces are putting aside their fears to join compatriots nationwide in celebrating the Thai traditional New Year this weekend. People in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala showed that the escalating violence of recent weeks could not dampen their determination to celebrate Songkran, which officially runs from Saturday to Monday. Despite the party mood, security officials remained on maximum alert. As people splashed water below, a helicopter hovered above the provincial town to ensure no disruption by insurgents. Other districts in the South also held activities, mostly in temples including the one in Yarang district, where only 2% of population are Buddhists. Rain showers blanketing the three provinces kept many residents at home in the morning, including people in Yala city. More people later took to the streets to join activities staged by the province at the Yala Youth Centre downtown with live music and a water tunnel.
In Bangkok, meanwhile, Khao San and Silom roads, and the CentralWorld shopping centre were among the favourite places for revellers. Piyabutr Jeewaramonaikul, chairman of the Khao San Business Operators' Association, expected the event to generate 120 million baht over the next three days from 30,000 Thais and foreigners coming to join the festival in the area. In Chiang Mai, the area around Thapae Gate and roads around the old city were flooded with revellers, causing traffic jams in some areas. Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in Surat Thani were popular with foreigners who brought out their water guns to join local residents and Thai tourists on beach roads and the main roads of the two islands. Drivers to Koh Chang in Trat faced long queues for the ferry on Saturday as they headed for long holidays on the island. Many opted to cross the border at Hat Lek in Laem Ngob district of Trat to try their luck at casino resorts in Cambodia.
Heavy rains over the past two days deterred residents in Trat from celebrating on Saturday morning but more came out in the afternoon to join Songkran activities in the municipality. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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TV5 serious in error

Posted by hasekamp on 10 April 2013 at 12:38 PM
You will not find this in any Thai newspaper, but in every foreign news source. TV5 yesterday showed, in rememberance of the British former PM Margaret Thatcher, not the famous politician herself, but actress Meryl Streep in her role in "The Iron Lady", a movie made after the life of Ms Thatcher. An unforgivable mistake that the management of TV5 at first tried to put into the shoes of an employee, which of course did not free the management. Eventually the station, controlled by the Thai military, apologized for the inexcusable mistake. (This news can be found in any foreign news source. The Thai press remains very silent)


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Elephant killed by poachers

Posted by hasekamp on 9 April 2013 at 23:06 PM
Another wild elephant has been slaughtered in Phetchaburi's Kaeng Krachan National Park, apparently by poachers after its ivory, National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department deputy chief Theerapat Prayurasiddhi said Tuesday. Theerapat said that according to Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn's initial report, the headless carcass of a male elephant was found in Ban Pa Teng Forest. Theerapat said he would inspect the area later Tuesday with a team led by assistant National Police chief Jaramporn Suramanee and a veterinary team. The carcass would be autopsied in an attempt to find trace evidence that could lead to the arrest of the poachers, Theerapat said. The carcass was discovered near the site where the carcass of a female elephant was found on March 8. It is suspected that poachers killed it in order to take its baby. (Source: The Nation)


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Pictures may save sea gypsy village

Posted by hasekamp on 7 April 2013 at 23:46 PM
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has obtained historical aerial photographs of the Rawai beachfront dating back as far back as 1950, which may prove to be the evidence needed to save the village from being plundered by private investors. Lt Col Prawuth Wongsinil, chief of the DSI’s Consumer and Environment Protection Office, inspected the village on Friday as part of an investigation to confirm how long the sea gypsy community has been living at Phuket’s southernmost beach. The inspection followed the vow of Pol Col Narat Savetanant, director-general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, to investigate land claims to plots inside the sea gypsy village. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Money for forest fire pictures

Posted by hasekamp on 7 April 2013 at 23:42 PM
Anyone who takes a photo of a forest fire and sends it to the authorities will be rewarded with Bt500 in cash under the pilot phase of the "Hunt the Smog" project. "We will take tough action against those lighting fires in forest zones to clear land for farming. Fires cause smog, which endangers the health of others," Science Minister Woravat Auapinyakul said yesterday. "We have found that most forest fires are started by people," he said during a trip to this northern province to monitor the haze crisis and to launch the public campaign. If the picture leads to the arrest of arsonists, the reward will jump to Bt5,000. If it is among the first 10 submissions, the reward will double to Bt10,000. Violators will face a fine of up to Bt50,000 and up to six years in jail. Woravat said air pollution from fires could seriously harm children whose lungs would not grow properly. People in Phrae could alert authorities about manmade fires by calling 086 420 1968. The ministry is planning to integrate activities and communications networks to end fire-induced pollution. (Source: The Nation)


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Hot weather

Posted by hasekamp on 6 April 2013 at 13:47 PM
Since some time the weather in Thailand is very hot, with temperatures rising often above 40 C. Tourists are warned to take measures against extreme weather. Do not go out in the heat, if you do keep calm and drink enough water. (Several news media)


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Changed travel advice and warning against cheating

Posted by hasekamp on 6 April 2013 at 13:41 PM
The Dutch authorities have given an alert to Thailand travelers. Travelers are advised to avoid demonstrations and other large groups of people and to inform themselves about the political situation. Unnecessary travel to especially the South should not be made.
Furthermore the Dutch authorities warn visitors for cheating when renting jet ski's and scooters in Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui. Driver licences are asked as warrant, but not returned until excessive amounts of money for (non-existent) damage is paid. Sometimes scooters are even stolen by employees of the renting office. It is advised NEVER to hand over originals of official documents.
In the third place the Dutch government warn against the selling of drugs on beaches by some civilian-clothes policemen, operating together with small drug dealers. Buyers are arrested and their passport is confiscated. They have to pay excessive sums of money to get free again. (Source: Dutch Embassy in Bangkok)


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Prosthetic legs from aluminium trash

Posted by hasekamp on 6 April 2013 at 13:24 PM
The chief of the Phuket Environment Office is calling for all donations of aluminum to donate to a nationwide project that seeks to recycle at least 80 tons of aluminum into prosthetic legs. The project, initiated by the Prostheses Foundation of HRH The Princess Mother (click here), aims to reduce the volume of garbage and make prosthetic legs more affordable. “The cost of an imported prosthetic leg is around 10,000 baht, while one made with recycled aluminum will be about 700 baht,” Dr Pornsri Suthanarak said yesterday. “Examples of the aluminum we can recycle are: cans, ring pulls, lids of power drinks and glass bottled water, mag wheels, parts of bicycles or airplanes, powder cases, crutches, canes and walkers,” she said. “The national target is 80 tons this year. I have set a target of more than one ton in each of the five provinces in my jurisdiction: Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang and Satun. “One ton can produce 1,000 prosthetic legs,” Dr Pronsri said. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Reduced energy during Songkran

Posted by hasekamp on 6 April 2013 at 13:18 PM
Thailand's three electricity-generating authorities have announced that they have put contingency measures and backup plans in place to cope with possible power shortages prior to and during the Songkran holiday break next week, which marks the height of the hot season and sees power usage peak. Myanmar will reduce the supply of gas available for use by Thai electricity producers from today until April 14. To cope with any resulting power shortages, the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has readied an extra supply of petrol for generators, prepared repair vehicles and set up ad-hoc centres to deal with power-related emergencies, including possible "brownouts" - sudden drops in the power supply - in the capital and adjacent provinces, said PEA chief Namchai Lorwatthanatrakool. A public relations campaign is also underway to encourage household users to reduce power use from today till April 14. The measures focus on tourist-frequented provinces and cities like Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chon Buri's Pattaya. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand said the projected total use of electricity for today had increased by 300 megawatts, from the previous 26,300MW. Egat Governor Sutas Patamasiriwat expressed hope that there would not be blackouts or brownouts today, when the temperature is expected to peak, thanks largely to a promise by private businesses that they would keep their power consumption low. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority is speeding up maintenance work on the electricity distribution system prior to the four-day Songkran holiday break from April 13-16. Kudatara Nagaviroj, director of corporate affairs, Big C Supercenter, said the company had already prepared a business continuity plan for power outages. All Big C hypermarkets have back-up diesel generators that can supply sufficient power. Salinla Seehaphan, corporate affairs director, Tesco Lotus, said that the company would continue to conserve power in April. (Source: The Nation)


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Chinese bird flu expands

Posted by hasekamp on 6 April 2013 at 13:12 PM
Hangzhou, the capital of eastern Zhejiang province, on Saturday became the second city in China to suspend live poultry trade and slaughter birds to curb the spread of the deadly H7N9 strain of avian flu. The virus, which has killed two people in Hangzhou, was found on Friday in quail sold in a market in the city, the Xinhua News Agency said on Sarurday. Officials in Shanghai, where four people have died, on Friday ordered the closure of all live poultry markets in the city. The 16 confirmed human infections of the new strain of influenza in China are "isolated" and there has been no sign of human-to-human transmission, Xinhua said, citing the National Health and Family Planning Commission. It is to be hoped that the new virus will not expand to other countries, like Thailand. So far Thailand has been declared free of the virus. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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King calls for tolerance

Posted by hasekamp on 2 April 2013 at 9:33 AM
His Majesty the King has called on civil servants and other officials involved in governing the country to be open-minded to different opinions. In a royal statement released yesterday to mark Civil Servants' Day, the King said national administration involves many agencies, and conflicts resulting from people having different points of views are common. ``Civil servants working in administration as well as other parties concerned must be firm and open to different opinions and criticism, with conscious, intellectual and rational analyses,'' he said. ``Different views and criticisms should be sources for ideas and the sharing of expertise by all involved, and this will be beneficial to national administration and problem-solving,'' he said. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra also marked Civil Servants' Day yesterday by presiding at a ceremony at Government House to present certificates and honorary pins to 618 civil servants for outstanding performance last year. Ms Yingluck said the way civil servants work needs to be modernised to improve services for the public. She also said the government has established a national committee to review payments for state officials so they are linked to their work performance and to improve the way promotions are awarded. (Source:The Bangkok Post)


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