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King and Queen leave hospital

Posted by hasekamp on 31 July 2013 at 23:23 PM
Their Majesties the King and the Queen will leave Siriraj Hospital at 4pm today for Klai Kangwon Palace in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin district. Provincial governor Veera Sriwatanatrakul said local authorities and residents were very excited to welcome Their Majesties. His Majesty was admitted to the hospital in Bangkok in September 2009 with a respiratory condition while Her Majesty was treated for an irregular heartbeat in 2012. (Source: The Nation)


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Koh Samet to be cleaned

Posted by hasekamp on 31 July 2013 at 23:20 PM
The Energy Ministry promises to complete its investigation into the cause of the disastrous offshore oil spill within seven days and to ensure full compensation by PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC). "The situation is under control now as no oil stain is found on the waters off Koh Samet," Energy Minister Pongsak Ruktapongpisa said yesterday. The fact-finding committee, to be led by Thongtip Ratanarat, former executive director of the Petroleum Institute of Thailand, would start its work today to find out why the crude oil leaked from PTTGC's platform in the Gulf of Thailand and whether the operator had complied with protocol. Initially, PTTGC insisted that it had followed protocol to mitigate the situation. A 1,500-metre-long boom was laid on the surface, but probably because of high waves, the oil slick slipped outside the containment area. (Source: The Nation)


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Bitcoins blocked in Thailand

Posted by hasekamp on 30 July 2013 at 15:26 PM
Bitcoin, the cybercurrency trying to go mainstream, says it has suspended trading in Thailand after officials declared it illegal.
The company overseeing bitcoins in Thailand says on its website that the central bank informed it on Monday that it’#39;s illegal to trade bitcoins, move them in or out of the country, or use them to buy or sell goods or services. Despite wild swings in value, the virtual currency has been inching toward broader acceptance. Atlanta-based BitPay handles bitcoin transactions for more than 4,500 companies, taking payments in bitcoins and forwarding the cash equivalent to the vendor involved. The statement says Bitcoin Co. Ltd. applied for a money exchange license as part of efforts to operate lawfully in Thailand. (Source: The Nation)


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Serious dengue epidemic could come

Posted by hasekamp on 28 July 2013 at 13:48 PM
Thailand could face one of the largest dengue fever epidemics yet with the Public Health Ministry anticipating that over 120,000 people could contract the virus this year. Last winter's warm temperatures and sporadic rainfall were obvious signs that a major dengue outbreak was due this year, health officials say. More than 28,000 cases of dengue fever were reported between October to December last year even though winter is not the peak season for the disease. The number of dengue cases continued to rise from January, with nearly 82,000 reported infections and 78 fatalities as of Friday, public health permanent-secretary Narong Sahamethapat said. Most of the fatalities were aged between 15-24 years. The figure is three times higher than the same period last year, said Dr Narong, who heads the ministry's anti-dengue efforts. Two major dengue outbreaks have been recorded in Thailand, with more than 170,000 cases reported in 1986, and 118,700 people infected in 2010. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Rooftop solar cell project

Posted by hasekamp on 28 July 2013 at 13:35 PM
A project to install solar cells on household roofs to generate and sell energy to the government power grid will start next month, and if 100,000 people apply, the government would install the panels, Energy Minister Pongsak Ruktapongpisal yesterday affirmed. Pongsak said the cost of solar-cell installation had been cut from Bt300,000-400,000 to under Bt200,000 per panel hence people could take a loan to get the panels and repay the cost by selling power. The government also had a pilot project to set up community solar cells totaling 800 megawatts. Each community had to be equipped with a one-megawatt solar-cell system to earn profit for the community's welfare or maintenance. Such communities would have to have appropriate power lines and a site with sufficient sunlight. (Source: The Nation)


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At last a Phuket Airport bus!

Posted by hasekamp on 25 July 2013 at 20:40 PM
The long awaited new Airport Express bus service between Phuket Airport and the island’#39;s premier party and entertainment town, Patong, started to roll last Friday, four days later than expected. "We thought we could start on July 15, but we had to push the launch date back," Mr Prakob Panyawai, the owner of the bus operating company, explained, adding that the extra time was necessary to take care of all the details. "We have finished the graphic art for the posters to be displayed at the bus stops and sent it to a shop for processing and printing." Each of the nine bus stops will display a map of the bus route, a picture of the bus, the company website address and contact phone numbers.
Passengers will be able to board the buses at the following stops:
Phuket Airport, Muang Mai, Thalang, Tah Reua (the Heroines Monument), Koh Kaew: at Billion Assets Plaza on Phra Phuket Kaew Rd (to Patong), Thung Thong, Patong. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Three provinces with flooding

Posted by hasekamp on 25 July 2013 at 20:34 PM
Floods continued in the provinces of Chanthaburi, Trat and Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday, affecting hundreds of residents. Downtown Chanthaburi was submerged in up to a metre of water and authorities warned it would rise further. Schools in flood-hit areas in the province have been ordered shut until Friday as a precaution. Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), reported yesterday that more than 1,000 families in Chanthaburi's Muang, Makham, Khlung, Tha Mai, Laem Sing and Kaeng Hang Maew districts were affected and that 200 residents had been evacuated. In Trat's Muang, Khao Saming and Laem Nhop districts up to 92 homes were hit by as much as 50cm-deep floods, while in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang and Bua Yai districts 465 households had been affected, he said. Water in Nakhon Ratchasima has subsided and the roads are passable, Chatchai added. DDPM officials in the region have been dispatched with tools to speedily drain the floodwater, help the affected residents and assess the damage for compensation, he added. In Ranong, days of heavy rain caused a metre-deep, 50-metre-long crack on the surface of the still under-construction four-lane Phetch Kasem Highway early yesterday. (Source: The Nation)


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Bridge collapsed, 10 arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 25 July 2013 at 20:31 PM
Ayutthaya police on Thursday concluded the charges that will be filed against individuals involved in the collapse of a suspension bridge that killed five people in the province's Tha Rua district in April. Police have completed interviews of witnesses and wounded victims from the April 29 bridge collapse, provincial police deputy chief Pol Col Wutthipong Phetchkamnerd said. It is expected that charges will be filed against between 7 and 10 people in about one week, although the names of the suspects cannot be revealed as yet. An informed source reported that about five people at Tambon Tha Luang Municipality including mayor, deputy mayor, public works division head, municipality legal official and the contractor company manager as well as those at the province’#39;s public works and city planning division office would face a charge of recklessness causing death and injury. In addition to those involved in the bridge collapse, police investigators who were probed for allegedly putting faulty information in case report might also be punished, the source said. (Source: The Nation)


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Too many animals in Temples?

Posted by hasekamp on 23 July 2013 at 9:03 AM
Temples are no longer home to just Buddhist monks and the religious faithful but also to dozens of wild animals and abandoned pets including pythons, tortoises, pigs and rabbits. These animals have now become a burden to the monks. Kanchit Khantidhrammo, abbot of Wat Pa Pavanadhram in Prachin Buri, says his temple is having to shoulder the feeding costs of about 80 wild animals and pets, which have been abandoned by their owners. The wild animals living at the temple, located at Moo 2, Tambon Lat Takian, in Kabin Buri district, include 4 monkeys, 3 pythons, 3 turtles, 10 rabbits, and a wild pig. There are also around 50 cats and dogs. Kanchit said that in the past the temple would try and release the animals in their natural habitat but the problem has grown worse with people still abandoning unwanted pets at the temple. The temple is trying to contact concerned agencies to take these animals from the temple and either release them in the wild or find them new homes. (Source: The Nation)


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Another bus accident

Posted by hasekamp on 23 July 2013 at 9:00 AM
More than 20 passengers were injured when a bus en route from Bangkok to Phang-Nga overshot a curve and crashed into a road barrier in Pranburi in Prachuap Khiri Khan province yesterday. Some 22 passengers including the driver were sent for emergency medical treatment at Pranburi and Thanarat hospitals. Three were sent to Hua Hin and San Paolo hospitals. Two of injured were Chinese tourists. No fatalities were reported. Pranburi police superintendent Colonel Wanchai Taranadhram said the driver might have fallen asleep while driving the bus, owned by Express Company, at high speed and in the wrong lane. Police would investigate to find out the cause of the accident. (Source: The Nation)


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Russian arrested for illegal hawking

Posted by hasekamp on 21 July 2013 at 22:45 PM
A 22-year-old Russian man was arrested by Immigration Police in Patong last night after he was caught attempting to sell spa products to a plainclothes officer. Immigration officers arrested Russian national Alexander Pushkarer at a shop on the Patong beach road at about 7pm. “quot;We were informed by one of our officers that a foreigner was working illegally at a shop,”quot; Capt Angkarn Yasanop of Phuket Immigration told the Phuket Gazette. After watching Mr Pushkarer sell souvenirs, clothes and spa products to tourists, the officers sent in a fellow member dressed in plainclothes to pretend to be a customer. Once Mr Pushkarer presented himself as a staffer at the store, the plainclothes cop exposed himself as an officer of the law and placed Mr Pushkarer under arrest. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Bus crash, tourists wounded

Posted by hasekamp on 21 July 2013 at 22:42 PM
A coach packed with foreign tourists crashed into a bridge over the Tapee River in Surat Thani's Muang district on Thursday, injuring a dozen of them. Police found the coach, registered to ASR Transport Inc, had become stuck beneath the bridge. Half the roof had been sheared off. The driver, Anurak Puphiromya, 34, told police that Songserm Rungrueng Tour had hired him to transport the tourists from Krabi to Sura Thani. He claimed he was not familiar with the route, so he asked a local resident to lead him in the right direction a car. He said he did not notice the bridge as he was focused on following the leading car. Some tourists had severe head injuries and required scan, while the others suffered slight injuries such as bruising. (Source: The Nation)


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Monk sold clinic groound

Posted by hasekamp on 21 July 2013 at 22:39 PM
Embattled monk Phra Kittisak Kittisopano has defended his recent sale of a plot of land that is home to the Mae Tao clinic run by Ramon Magsaysay laureate Cynthia Maung. He said the clinic had expanded without consulting the organisation he chairs and the former owner of the land, the Metta Thammarak Foundation. Phra Kittisak also said there were concerns that the clinic did not have the required registration documents for the new buildings, which would put the foundation at legal risk. "I've sold the land to a police officer because during the years when the Mae Tao clinic was expanding, some administrative decisions have threatened to harm the foundation that I chair," the monk said in a written reply to the Bangkok Post Sunday. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Obama wants to visit Thailand

Posted by hasekamp on 21 July 2013 at 22:35 PM
Revealing that US President Barack Obama was keen to visit Thailand again, Thai ambassador to the United States Chaiyong Satjipanon vowed to promote Thai tourism after Bangkok won the World's Best City Award for the fourth year in a row. Bangkok received 90.40 per cent votes for Best City from Travel+Leisure Magazine readers worldwide this year. Chaiyong hosted a dinner party yesterday (Bangkok time) for Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra and his team who had gone to New York to receive the award. He urged Bangkok to defend the title for the fifth time next year too. Saying that a large number of American people visited Thailand each year and could adjust well to Bangkok, Chaiyong urged the city to solve the notorious issue of traffic jams. (Source: The Nation)


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Chula apologizes for Hitler murals

Posted by hasekamp on 17 July 2013 at 12:13 PM
Chulalongkorn University on Monday issued an apology on Facebook for a graduation mural in the middle of the campus that featured an image of former German dictator and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler among a host of comic book superheroes. "On behalf of the Student Club of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, we apologise for the misunderstanding caused by the mural during the graduation ceremony on July 11 and 12, 2013. "The painting, which has now become a topic of debate, is not intended to refer to anyone particularly," said the university's statement. According to the university, the graduation mural was created by a group of students who were not fully aware of the likely consequences.
In Europe they would say: "Wir haben er nicht gewusst" (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Jet-monk with 3 million Baht

Posted by hasekamp on 17 July 2013 at 12:09 PM
Defrocked monk Wirapol Sukphol has just three million baht in his 41 bank accounts, when there used to be about 300 million baht, Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) adviser Narong Rattananukul said on Tuesday. A photo posted on the Facebook page of former pilot Piya Tregalnon shows former monk Wirapol Sukphol aboard a private jet, brandishing a bundle of US dollar banknotes. Wg Cdr Piya said Mr Wirpol wanted to buy a private jet and asked him to find one. He also said the monk’#39;s bag was filled with US$100 banknotes. Mr Narong said the ONCB and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) had asked financial institutions and banks throughout the country to disclose details of all the bank accounts and financial transactions of Mr Wirapol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham. There was only three million baht in total remaining in all of Mr Wirapol's 41 bank accounts, he said, adding that the ONCB and Amlo will find out where the rest of the money has gone. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Plans against foreign mafia

Posted by hasekamp on 17 July 2013 at 11:57 AM
The authorities plan to crack down on foreign mafia gangs who victimised tourists in Phuket and threaten the attractiveness of Thailand's top tourist destination. Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak visited the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) yesterday to seek help in taking action against foreign criminals. "We have received many complaints, some of them from foreign embassies," Somsak said. Several complainants had said mafia-style figures forced tourists into unlicensed taxis and charged a much higher rate than normal. Somsak said many Russians hired Thais as nominees to run restaurants, souvenir shops, and beach-bed rental services that had exploited tourists. "These businesses have not generated any income for Thailand. Most, if not all, money goes to the mafia gangs' pockets. Their intimidation techniques have also hurt Thailand's tourism," the minister said. Somsak said his ministry and the DSI would organise a joint operation in Phuket on July 25. (Source: The Nation)


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Acid rain becomes a problem

Posted by hasekamp on 17 July 2013 at 11:53 AM
Worsening air pollution as a result of economic expansion is leading to higher acidity in rainwater in cities across Asia, according to a study. Of 46 locations where the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) set up systems to check the acidity of rainwater, there are six in Thailand, - two in Bangkok, and one each in Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima and Chon Buri - according to the Pollution Control Department. In Thailand, the department's monitoring showed that from 2001-08 Bangkok was the city with highest chemical deposition, followed by Pathum Thani and Chiang Mai. "Acid content in the rain has been rising," she said. However, she said the acid content was not yet at a dangerous level - meaning that rainwater is still safe for consumption. "Overall, the situation is not yet as grave as in the US and Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe, where acid rain destroys the ecosystem. Still, the increasing acidity shows a possibility of destruction on that scale," Supat said. (Source: The Nation)


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Train derailed with casualties

Posted by hasekamp on 17 July 2013 at 11:50 AM
Foreign nationals were among the 23 passengers injured when a Chiang Mai-bound train derailed in Phrae province early on Wednesday morning.
The passengers were sleeping when the train's seven compartments toppled over onto their sides in Denchai district at about 3am. Eighteen foreign tourists, among them residents of Australia, France, Spain, Japan and the United States, suffered minor injuries, including those from and the United States. The overnight sleeper express train had about 300 passengers on board when the accident took place. "Derailments happen quite often," said State Railway of Thailand governor Prapat Chongsanguan. The tracks were undergoing upgrading. Buses and vans were mobilised to transport affected passengers, local and foreign, from Denchai to Chiang Mai. Three foreigners suffered broken arms and 24 passengers had minor injuries. They were sent to the district hospital. Chalermwoot Rakkhatiwong, Denchai district chief, said all passengers have been transferred from the scene. The train left Bangkok at 7pm on July 16. (Source: The Nation)


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Phukest worst for Dengue fever

Posted by hasekamp on 14 July 2013 at 11:38 AM
We believe we have published this before, but it is in the news again:
Phuket is now listed as the highest ranking province in Thailand for Dengue Fever outbreaks, Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) Deputy Chief Dr Krit Sakulpat confirmed today. Despite the ranking, there is no reason to panic, said Dr Krit. There have been more than 1,300 people infected in Phuket since January this year – double the amount of infections over the same period of time last year, he said. However, both the Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital and the Director of Patong Hospital told the Gazette today that the situation is under control. “quot;We have a medical team that is only taking care of Dengue Fever patients,”quot; said Patong Hospital Director Sirichai Silpa-archa. “quot;Any patient who is diagnosed with dengue and has a blood platelet count lower than 100,000 will be admitted to hospital. Normally, people will have a count of more than 400,000,”quot; Dr Silpa-archa said. Earlier this month, PPHO Director Bancha Kakong explained that the number of patients in Phuket diagnosed with Dengue Fever reached the highest level in 20 years. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Cat smuggler arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 13 July 2013 at 12:19 PM
Yesterday 90 cats were saved from the dining table when police intercepted a pickup truck at 2.30am with six cages in Nakhon Phanom's Ban Phaeng district. Sodsai Umpawa, 26, said a Maha Sarakham investor paid him Bt2,000 to Bt3,000 per trip to deliver the felines to a middleman on the mekong River, who then shipped them to Vietnam where they could fetch good prices for their meat. Sodsai was booked for cruelty to animals and transporting livestock without a proper health check or permit. The cats would be sent temporarily to a quarantine station. In this first case of cat smuggling for their meat, police suspect that this gang might be backed by the same group of Maha Sarakham investors funding dog-smuggling activities. While the consumption of cat meat is considered taboo in many places, it can be found on the menu in some parts of Asia, especially China and Vietnam. The smuggling of canines is illegal in Thailand, but thousands of them continue being trafficked live to nearby countries like Vietnam each year. (Source: The Nation)


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Coral reefs in bad state

Posted by hasekamp on 13 July 2013 at 12:16 PM
Coral reefs at a popular marine national park, which covers the famous Phi Phi Island, have reached a severe level of degradation due to bleaching, a survey revealed. "Bleaching has affected up to 70 per cent of the coral reefs around Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. Of the affected corals, 47.52 per cent have died," a senior government official disclosed at an academic seminar yesterday. Songtam Suksawang, who heads the National Parks and Protected Area Innovation Institute, described the situation as "worrying". His institute conducted the survey between 2009 and 2013 across seven marine national parks and works under the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), which hosted the seminar. The state of the coral reefs at Mu Koh Lanta National Park is even worse, with up to 80 per cent of them in a bad state. "Now, only 17 per cent of the corals are alive," Songtam said. The survey also revealed that the size of living corals along Mu Koh Surin National Park had shrunk by 70 to 90 per cent, while those along Mu Koh Similan National Park had shrunk by about 40 to 50 per cent. At the Moo Koh Chumphon National Park, about 70 to 80 per cent of the staghorn coral that were seeded as an experiment have also died from bleaching. (Source: The Nation)


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Jet-monk goes abroad

Posted by hasekamp on 13 July 2013 at 12:13 PM
Luang Pu Nenkham dismissed a threat by Thai monastic authorities to expel him and claimed Buddhist temples in France and Germany were ready to take him in. He said he would return to Thailand on July 31 with "bigger greatness", key follower Sukhum Wongprasit said yesterday. The Office of National Buddhism chief Nopparat Benjawatananun warned, however, that such a move was impractical and would still end up with the monk lacking authority or being unsupervised, because temples overseas weren't under Thai law or the Buddhist Order Act. A transfer of supervision needed permission from the previous supervisor as well as an official letter from the new supervising temple, he said. Sukhum yesterday submitted a request for justice to the Supreme Patriarch's Secretary's Office at Wat Bovornniwet but it was turned down on grounds that he didn't make an appointment and he wasn't a "damaged party". He also lacked a proper letter to show he had permission to act on the monk's behalf. So Sukhum gave the letter to Wat Bovornniwet abbot assistant Phra Thepsarnvethi, who said he would present it to Acting Dhammayut order head, Somdej Phra Wannarat, although there is a procedure in the Sangha chain of command to handle such issues. (Source: The Nation)


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Is Thai rice OK?

Posted by hasekamp on 13 July 2013 at 12:09 PM
The Public Health Ministry examined 33 samples of rice from different brands and found no toxins or chemicals, contradicting claims by some opponents of the rice-pledging scheme on social-media websites. The brands include Mah Boon Krong, Big C, Royal Umbrella, Benjarong, Hong Thong among others. No mould was discovered, though a small amount of animal fur, insect parts and some live weevils were found in a very small amount of the samples. The ministry said this was well under the World Health Organisation's regulations. Some brands of packaged rice have been targeted on social media, with people claiming that the rice is from last year's stocks and could be contaminated. Dr Niphon Popattanachai, director-general of the ministry's Medical Science Department said the rumour had affected confidence in the quality of rice and caused worries among consumers. Niphon said yesterday the foreign substances found were far too negligible to be hazardous to health, unlike some imported pasta. Results for rice from CP and Nakhon Luang brands from Ayutthaya province along with eight other samples will be available on Monday, he said. (Source: The Nation)


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Thai islands essential wetlands

Posted by hasekamp on 10 July 2013 at 10:28 AM
Ko Kra in the Gulf and Ko RaKo Phra Thong to be listed by convention
Two small archipelago systems with coral reefs lying offshore and the last remaining refuge for the Lesser Adjutant bird in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phang Nga were listed recently as wetland sites of international significance. The secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance - or Ramsar Convention - announced the news on its official website www.ramsar.org. It said the 374 hectare Ko Kra Archipelago in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Ko Ra-Ko Phra Thong Archipelago, some 19,648 hectares in size, in Phang-nga were new wetlands of international importance for the Ramsar List. According to the Convention's secretariat, the announcement will take effect on August 12. Thailand now has 13 wetlands of international importance, with a surface area of 392,822 hectares, since the convention came into force here on 13 September 1998. The two new archipelagos will be listed as the 12th and 13th protected wetland areas under the Ramsar Convention respectively. Nakhon Si Thammarat's Ko Kra Archipelago consists of three remote and relatively undisturbed, small rocky islets in the southern part of the Gulf of Thailand, some 53km east of the mainland. About 66 hectares around the archipelago is covered with an extensive coral reef, with a total of 67 species of hard coral, the greatest diversity recorded in the Gulf. The main island, Kra Yai (34ha), is an important nesting ground for the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the endangered Green turtle (Chelonia mydas). The critically endangered Christmas Island Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) is also found there. The islands' bays and lagoons have long provided storm shelter for fishing boats during the monsoon. The reefs attract divers and snorkellers from around the world and help sustain commercial fisheries that mainly target Yellow Queenfish, red snapper and Cobia. Meanwhile, Ko Ra-Ko Phra Thong Archipelago in Phang-nga consists of two islands in the Andaman Sea. The area features a rare and complex habitat including grasslands, peat swamp forests, freshwater pools, evergreen forests, mangrove forests, extensive seagrass beds and coral reefs. The site provides nesting and foraging habitat for four threatened turtle species, the Green, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, and Leatherback turtles. Ko Phra Thong Island is the last remaining site in Thailand known to support a significant breeding population of the vulnerable Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus). (Source: The Nation)


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Painting princess has died

Posted by hasekamp on 10 July 2013 at 10:22 AM
A gifted painter whose intricate surrealist imagery earned admirers around the world, Her Serene Highness Princess Marsi Sukhumbhand Paribatra, died early Tuesday at her home in the south of France. She was 82. The daughter of His Royal Highness Prince Chumbhot of Nagor Svarga and MR Pantip Paribatra spent most of her life overseas. Her art brought her international celebrity and exhibitions in Paris and Provence, though she remained little known in her homeland. Partially paralysed by a stroke in 2004 that stopped her from ever painting again, the Princess wanted to establish a charitable foundation in Thailand, but French law would have made money transfers difficult. So her cousin, MR Jisnuson Svasti, helped her set up the Marsi Foundation in 2009. A year later it hosted an exhibition of her work in Bangkok that raised funds for artists in need, art students and stray animals. In January this year the Queen's Gallery hosted the exhibition "L'art de Marsi". The Princess was unable to attend due to illness. (Source: The Nation)


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MERS-Cov virus soon in Thailand?

Posted by hasekamp on 7 July 2013 at 18:52 PM
A recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has prompted the Ministry of Public Health to set up an emergency committee in preparation to combat the spread of the disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are at least 77 reported victims of the disease and 44 deaths so far. Public Health Minister Narong Sahamethaphat, who led a press conference on Friday at Phuket International Airport, said that the number of victims is expected to rise. Despite the fact that there are no reports of the virus in Thailand at present, local hospitals are now on alert for any possible cases of the contagious infection. Those infected develop severe acute respiratory illness. Some of the symptoms may include coughing, high fever, and a shortness of breath. (Source: The Nation)


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Things get worse for jet-monk

Posted by hasekamp on 7 July 2013 at 18:48 PM
Embattled monk Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko could face 20 years in jail after being accused of having sex with an underage girl, according to the Department of Special Investigation. He is likely to be defrocked in absentia as the DSI had found clear evidence of his intimate relationship with one of eight women. The DSI on Sunday will conclude its probe into the alleged intimate relationship between the monk and a woman who claims the monk had fathered her child, said the agency's Security Crime Bureau chief Pong-in Intarakhao. (Source: the Nation)


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Bad monk

Posted by hasekamp on 7 July 2013 at 18:44 PM
A monk who came to Phuket to visit a friend was arrested in Rassada yesterday and charged with sniffing glue and theft. Police were alerted by villagers at about 6pm yesterday that a monk was sniffing glue in a pavilion at Pa Aram Rattanaram Temple, near Mission Hospital. When police arrived at the temple, they found Chaiyasit Janpetch, 33, sitting in the pavilion with a glue can and glue in a plastic bag beside him. In his bag they found a tablet computer, a pocketknife, a mini DVD player and some cash, with a total value estimated at 7,000 baht, said Lt Col Prawit Engchuan of the Phuket City Police. After Mr Chaiyasit confessed that he had been sniffing glue, he was taken to Buddha Mongkol Nimit Temple in Phuket Town to be defrocked and formally removed from the monkhood. He was then taken for questioning to Phuket City Police station. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Phuket:Highest Dengue in 20 years

Posted by hasekamp on 5 July 2013 at 18:46 PM
Illegal taxi drivers from Patong today threatened Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut with mass protests if the government does not do more to help them become legal. The naked threat was delivered today at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall immediately after the Governor's monthly address to the Phuket media. "We need help from the governor to find a way to resolve this problem," said Anan Pluemjit, an illegal taxi driver working from the taxi stand in front of the Hard Rock Cafe in Patong. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Jet-monk a money launderer?

Posted by hasekamp on 5 July 2013 at 18:42 PM
The controversial monk caught on tape riding in a private jetliner has numerous "financial irregularities" - such as 10 of 16 bank accounts belonging to him and aides that have more than 200 million baht in constant circulation, the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) revealed on Tuesday. Amlo banned the monk and his associates from transferring any assets until suspicions of money laundering are cleared up. Amlo said it inspected 16 bank accounts belonging to the monk, Phra Wirapol Sukphol - better known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko - and his close associates. Phra Wirapol is a senior monk at Wat Pa Khanti Tham temple in Si Sa Ket's Kanthararom district. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Large breasts boom

Posted by hasekamp on 3 July 2013 at 18:07 PM
More than 1,000 people, most of them foreigners, visit the Bangkok Hospital Phuket each year for breast augmentation. The service costs between Bt120,000 and Bt170,000. "Australians and Russians are the biggest customer groups for this service," Bangkok Hospital Phuket's director Dr Narongrit Havarungsi said yesterday. He believed foreigners come to his hospital for the service because it was relatively low in cost and good in quality. He was speaking at an academic seminar entitled the Breast Augmentation Using Contour Profile Gel Implant Live Surgery workshop. Held to encourage the exchange of contour-profile breast augmentation techniques, the event attracted more than 25 cosmetic surgeons from countries including Singapore and the Philippines. This technique promises a more natural breast shape than the older technique. (Source: The Nation)


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Will new dams ever come?

Posted by hasekamp on 3 July 2013 at 18:04 PM
Only five dam projects under the government's ambitious water-management scheme, are even close to being ready for construction, the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has announced. Despite a court order by the Central Administrative Court last week for the RID to conduct public hearings and prepare EIA reports on the 18 dams listed under the water-management scheme, only 5 of the 18 dams are close to being ready for contractors to move in. The majority of dam projects under the scheme do not follow the "blueprint" for the government's flood-management irrigation plans, Somkiat Prajamwong, director of RID's Project Management Office, told The Nation in an exclusive interview. The five dam projects are the Bt470-million Lampang Mae On reservoir, which can retain 19 million cubic metres of water; the Bt445-million Huay Tha Phon reservoir in Phetchabun, with a capacity of 12.82 million cubic metres; Uttaradit's Bt575-million Huay Phang-Nga reservoir, with a capacity of 11.33 million cubic metres; the Bt13-billion Mea Wong dam in Nakhonsawan with 258 million cubic metres; and the Bt5.5-billion Wang Chom Phu dam in Pitsanulok, with 87 million cubic metres. However, an Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) still needed to be carried out on Mae On, Huay Tha Phon, and Huay Phang-Nga dams, Somkiat said. No IEE was needed for Huay Phang-Nga reservoir, as it was only a small-scale dam, he added. For the remaining two dams - Mae Wong and Wang Chum Phu - both were still waiting for the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) to complete its conclusions on the findings assessing the two dams' environmental impact. (Source: The Nation)


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