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Opposition against new Supercheap branch

Posted by hasekamp on 15 September 2016 at 14:55 PM
Local vendors took to the streets of Rassada (Phuket) on Tuesday to voice their opinions, following rumors that Supercheap plans to open a store in the area. About 40 vendors gathered in Soi King Kaew Utit at about 5:30pm. "Panumas Nukuea, one of the vendors, has stated that locals can't compete with the prices that Supercheap offers its customers and that they will not be able to earn any money if a store opens here," village head Prasert Ruangdam told the Phuket Gazette. Mr Prasert added that the locals will also file a complaint with the Dhamrongtham Center (Ombudsman's office) in order to find a solution. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Zika virus security stepped up

Posted by hasekamp on 15 September 2016 at 14:51 PM
THE CHIEF of the Department of Disease Control (DDC) has instructed all 12 Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) around the country to scale up their response from Level 1 to Level 2 to contain the Zika virus outbreak. Dr Amnuay Gajeena yesterday said he issued the instruction during Tuesday's meeting of the 12 directors of the Office of Disease Prevention and Control (ODPC) and all bureau directors under the DDC. He said the Public Health Minister had given a directive for all ministerial agencies to carry out surveillance, prevention and control of the Zika epidemic at the highest level. This includes strengthening surveillance and laboratory investigations of the Zika epidemic and the behaviour of the mosquitoes that are known to carry the disease. The activation of EOCs to the Level 2 response was to ensure that those measures would be effective. Amnuay said all 12 ODPC bureau directors would become incidence commanders in regional offices, while at least 10 per cent of ODPC staff would be recruited to operate in the EOCs. All units and staff under the EOCs would work as specified in their incidence action plans. People are advised to keep their properties clean and eradicate potential mosquito breeding sites as well as to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The Communicable Disease Act 2015 requires people to notify health authorities of suspected cases of Zika virus infections. (Source: The Nation)


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Warrant against bombing suspect

Posted by hasekamp on 15 September 2016 at 14:48 PM
A military court in Surat Thani has approved a warrant for the arrest of a suspected insurgent linked to the August arson and bombing attacks in seven provinces. The warrant was issued for Saree Waedamu, 31, whose registered residence is in Sungai Padi district of the southern province of Narathiwat. He is wanted on charges of possessing military explosives, attempted arson and operating a criminal association known as ang-yee. Mr Saree is accused of trying to start a fire at a clothing shop inside the Bang Niang Flea Market in Takua Pa district of Phangnga on Aug 10. It the first arrest warrant in the six cases involving arson and bombings in Phangnga on Aug 10-12. Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, a deputy police chief, filed the application for an arrest warrant with the 45th Military Circle Court in Surat Thani on Thursday morning. The court's jurisdiction covers Phangnga. The application was supported by images of the suspect taken from security cameras and witness accounts linking him to the crime scene. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Thai-Nigerian romance scam

Posted by hasekamp on 15 September 2016 at 14:44 PM
Crime Suppression Division police arrested Uraporn Kesawatana, 34, and her Nigerian husband Chinaka Chinedu, 23, on Phetkasem 77 Road in Nong Khaem district, Bangkok, CSD deputy commander Sithatkhet Khruwatanaset said on Thursday. The arrest followed a report form immigration police at Suvarnabhumi airport that many people showed up at the main airport of Bangkok to bribe airport police and customs officials and claim parcels containing merchandise and tens of thousands of US dollars in cash which actually never existed. Prior to that, Pol Col Sithatket said, the Nigerian man had picked female victims at chatting websites, claimed to be a good-looking, white well-to-do, developed close ties and proposed marriage. Then he told believers that he had some cargoes stuck at the airport and needed money to bribe airport authorities to get the stuff. He promised to share income earned from the "cargoes" with victims. The Thai wife then informed victims of bank account numbers and told each to transfer US$30,000-50,000. They shut their phones right after receiving money. Miss Uraporn also transferred some money to their accomplices in Malaysia and police were looking for two other Thai women who were members of the same gang, Pol Col Sithatkhet said. Miss Uraporn said the scam had continued for a year and they made off with about 20 million baht. Police also found that the Nigerian man's visa already expired. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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21 new Zika cases in Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 11 September 2016 at 12:35 PM
Twenty-one new cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in central Bangkok, including a pregnant woman who later gave birth with no complications, Thailand's public health ministry said on Sunday. Residents in the Thai capital were urged not to be alarmed after the cases were confirmed in the Sathorn area of the city, an up-market neighbourhood popular with the city's expatriate community and part of the capital's business district. "Of the 21 cases confirmed in the Sathorn area there was one pregnant woman who recovered and gave birth successfully," Ministry of Public Health spokesman Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai told Reuters by telephone. Thailand first recorded the Zika virus in 2012 and the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority conducts regular testing for the virus. The new Thai cases follow confirmation from Malaysia on Wednesday of its first case of the Zika virus in a pregnant woman, a 27-year-old living in a southern city next to Singapore. Sixteen out of Thailand's 76 provinces have confirmed cases of Zika since January this year, according to the health ministry, but no birth defects or deaths have been reported. (Source: The Nation)


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New terminal at Phuket airport

Posted by hasekamp on 11 September 2016 at 12:32 PM
Phuket International Airport began testing the facilities of the new international terminal this week with a handful of flights ahead of the official opening of the terminal later this month. Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha is scheduled to preside over the grand opening of the new facility on September 16. Phuket Airport Director Monrudee Gettuphan said the four 'pioneer' flights tested the operational capacity of the airport and ensured an easy transition into a fully-functional international terminal. "The four flights tested our new terminal's services," Monrudee said. "They included chartered flights with Beijing Capital Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and Tianjin Airlines, which brought a total 880 passengers to Phuket." Monrudee said the flights were permitted to utilize the new terminal before its September 16 official opening in order to guarantee quality services and standards that would meet expectations. (Source: The Nation)


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Electricity cables in Phuket Town at last removed

Posted by hasekamp on 6 September 2016 at 9:50 AM
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) announced on Saturday that it had finally completed a three-phase project to bury electric cables in the center of Phuket Town. The beautifying of Phuket Old Town by burying power cables began in 2010 along Thalang Road. The second phase saw the removal of overhead cables along parts of Dibuk Road, Krabi Road and Phuket Road in 2012. The third and final phase of the project began in 2014 with a 32 million baht budget.to remove electrical poles and overhead wires along Phang Nga Road, Yaowarat Road and more of Dibuk Road by the end of 2015. "We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience caused during the removal process, but now we are pleased to announce that the charm of the old town has been restored," said Boontham Charoenpong, deputy manager of the PEA's Phuket Office. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)So take your camera with you and make proper pictures of old Phuket Town at last!


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And also two new Zika cases in Bangkok (total 8)

Posted by hasekamp on 5 September 2016 at 15:01 PM
Thai public health authorities have stepped up surveillance on the Zika virus spread after two pregnant women in Bangkok found to have been infected with the virus which could lead to microcephaly. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said from Janaury 1 to September 4 this year there were 8 Zika virus cases in the capital city, including two cases of pregnant women. One of the women already gave birth to a healthy baby who has no symptoms of the deadly virus so far, but authorities will continue to monitor the baby's health condition and conduct regular blood and urine tests. Another infected woman currently has an 18 month old pregnancy and her condition is being closely monitored by health authorities, according to Benjasai Keeyapat, the BMA's spokesperson. (Source: The Nation)


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Now 11 Zika cases in Chiang Mai

Posted by hasekamp on 5 September 2016 at 14:57 PM
The number of Zika patients in San Sai district of Chiang Mai province has risen to 11, with the latest two pregnant. Disease control officials in the northern province of Chiang Mai stated on Monday that the Zika tests on the last two patients were confirmed positive on Saturday. One of them is a Thai who is six-months pregnant in tambon San Sai Luang. She had rashes but no fever. Her family members initially thought she was allergic to cat hair. The other is a Myanmar woman aged 26 who is eight months pregnant. She lived in a rented room in same tambon and had arrived there about a month ago. She developed no rashes but had a neck pain for 20 days. Health officials first detected Zika cases in the district from June 19. The first two were from Phetchabun province. San Sai officials started testing all local pregnant women and people with symptoms on June 19. Since then, they have checked 427 people, 332 of whom were pregnant, and found 11 Zika cases. Officials were actively eliminating mosquitoes and larvae in the district to contain the disease. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Twelve houses in Banglampoo demolished

Posted by hasekamp on 3 September 2016 at 16:37 PM
City Hall demolished 12 houses near Mahakan Fort on Saturday amid protests by residents who blocked the entrance to the old community in Bangkok. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) earlier gave 57 households until Sept 3 to vacate the area, but many defied the eviction notices posted in the community, which is to be turned into a public park. Residents with green ribbons assembled at the historic fort at 6am on Saturday. They were joined by supporters belonging to civic groups from other areas in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. Steel barriers were put up in front of all entrance gates to the community, with placards protesting against the eviction order. Reporters were not allowed to go inside the community. The protesters stood firm that they would not move out of the community, which they said had a historic value that they wanted to preserve. Most residents staged a sit-in at the venue and some lay down on the road to block officials from entering. At around 9am, almost 300 BMA officials, led by deputy governor Pol Gen Assawin Kwanmuang, moved to the site to begin demolishing houses. Anti-riot police and soldiers were also sent to maintain peace and order. The eviction team was only able to remove galvanised iron fences on the Khlong Padung canal side before leaving the area around 9.45am as the residents refused to let them go inside. Traffic on Mahanchai Road in front of the fort was closed. Pol Gen Assawin held negotiations with community leader Thawatchai Mahavorakul and representatives of the protesting residents at around 10am. After the talks, the representatives agreed to allow City Hall to demolish 12 houses vacated by residents who had agreed to move. A 13th house, a traditional Thai wooden structure, was left untouched because of its heritage value. Plans to tear down other houses were put on hold, pending talks with a panel headed by human rights activist Angkhana Neelapaijit. Mahakan is one of 14 forts built in 1783 during the reign of King Rama I. The Fine Arts Department registered the fort and its nearby walls as a historic site in 1949 and restored it in 1982. The community of 50 houses on almost five rai near one of the walls has been there for 50 years, blending in with the original community established during the reign of King Rama III. Residents came from different provinces including Nakhon Ratchasima, Ang Thong and Songkhla and made a living making handicrafts such as pottery and bird cages. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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King treated for "severe infection"

Posted by hasekamp on 3 September 2016 at 16:29 PM
His Majesty the King has received treatment for a severe blood infection, a statement issued Friday nijght reported. Statement 32 issued by the Royal Household Bureau said blood tests had revealed His Majesty was suffering from a severe infection. "On August 31, 2016, his heartbeat was fast and he had very thick mucous. A test result of the mucous and blood indicated a severe infection," the statement said. An X-ray revealed His Majesty had fluid in his lungs, which a treatment helped to reduce, according to the bureau's statement. The monarch's low blood pressure and a fever have since improved and his medical team is continuously watching the symptoms closely, the statement said.(Source: The Bangkok Post)


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