Friday, 27 November 2015 09:30

Oil slick examined west of Pai Island

BANGKOK – The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) (GISTDA) has examined an oil slick west of Pai Island off Tambon Naklua, Banglamung district, Chonburi province. The information was provided by the COSMO-SkyMed on November 23, 2015 at 6.02 p.m. The oil slick covers an area of about 2.99 square kilometers floating on the sea surface, located about 16 kilometers off the coast of Pai Island.

According to an analysis on the movement of the oil slick with the stream information from the coastal radar system from November 23, 2015 (6 p.m.) - November 24, 2015 (8 a.m.), the oil slick moved four kilometers towards the South and back four kilometers towards the North which was the same location with a speed of 0.36 kilometer per hour (8.64 kilometers per day). GISTDA examined the movement of the oil slick in the past two days (November 21 to November 23, 2015) to detect the area from where the oil slick should have originated. The oil slick may have come from the northeast, about 11 kilometers away.

GISTDA has forecast the oil slick will move in the southwest direction with an average speed of no more than 0.36 kilometer per hour until November 28.

TOKYO – Thailand and Japan have established additional cooperations in economy, science, and technology during the Thai delegate's visit to Japan.

A team of Thai economic officials, led by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, along with the Ministers of Transport, Commerce, Industry, ICT, Science and Technology, and Tourism and Sports, is now in Japan during an official visit to discuss economic matters with their Japanese counterparts. 

BANGKOK – The Medical Services Department has announced that liver cancer is the most commonly found cancer in Thai people. There are approximately 20,000 patients of liver cancer each year which is most commonly found in men. The death rate is approximately 15,000 per year.

Two types of liver cancer most commonly found in Thailand include liver cell cancer caused by the hepatitis B virus and bile duct cancer caused by liver fluke from nitrate and nitrite found in such food as sour pickled fish and bacon.

The general symptoms of liver cancer start from unexplained decrease in one's appetite. As the tumor grows, it may cause symptoms of pain in the right side of the abdomen or a feeling of fullness when eating. Some patients may have worsen symptoms of chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, which often precedes the development of cancer of the liver. For example, patients may have some unexplained weight loss, cachexia, increased swelling of the feet and abdomen and the yellowing of the eyes and skin. People found with these symptoms should immediately consult a doctor for diagnosis.

BANGKOK - The Thai consumer confidence index in October 2015 increased for the first time in 10 months after the government imposed short-term economic stimulus measures.

Director of the Fiscal Policy Office Kritsada Chinawicharana on Thursday said the October consumer confidence index was 62.2, rising for the first time since the beginning of the year. Apart from the government's economic stimulus measures, other factors contributing to the improved consumer confidence included decreasing oil price as well as the government's policy to boost consumption and domestic investment, said the director.

This year's oil price is expected to be stable at 53 USD/barrel.

The Thai economy in the fourth quarter will likely continue to expand until 2016 with a growth estimate of 3.8%, mainly due to infrastructure mega projects.

As for the export sector in October 2015, it continued to drop by 8.1%, especially exports in the category of agricultural products, following slowdown of the global economy as well as economies of Thailand's trade partners. The exports of agricultural products contracted by 4.8%.

BANGKOK - The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has expressed satisfaction with its one-month progress.

NRSA Speaker Capt Thinapan Nakata, along with Deputy Speakers Alongkorn Ponlaboot and Valairat Sriaroon and the NRSA spokesperson team, delivered its one-month progress report and its plan of action for the future. 

BANGKOK – Energy Minister General Anantaporn Kanchanarat has conferred accolades on 83 best-performing agencies at the Thailand Energy Awards 2015. 

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the organization, UN Women, together took part in an organized an event today for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the annual campaign to end violence against women and children and domestic violence in general. The event took place at the United Nations Conference Centre.

BANGKOK – The OTOP TO AEC Fair at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market has come to a close, generating more than 70 million baht for participating vendors over the 23-day period.

Gen Wilas Aroonsri, Secretary-General to the Prime Minister, today presided over the closing ceremony of the OTOP TO AEC Fair. In his speech, he cited the event as a great success and revealed survey results that indicated visitors’ satisfaction with the types of products being offered, the overall picture of the fair and its duration.

After having been launched by the Ministry of Interior on November 3rd, the fair welcomed more than 220,000 visitors and brought in over 70 million baht during its course of 23 days. Gen Wilas stated that the event successfully established direct contact between sellers and buyers in compliance with the Prime Minister’s initiative while providing the public with access to a wide array of quality and affordable OTOP products.

During the closing ceremony, the Prime Minister’s Secretary-General presented the Ministry of Commerce with the name plaque of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market, designating the Ministry as the host of the next event which will feature Father’s Day and New Year gifts. It is scheduled to take place from December 1st to 24th, between 10 am and 7 pm daily.

Government Housing Bank (GHBank) is allocating 10 billion baht for its new real-estate credit program, offering loans to low-to- medium income real-estate buyers with debt service ratios of up to 50 percent.

GHBank’s Chiang Mai branch manager Pongsakorn Tulanond announced in a recent press conference that the move is in line with the government’s policy of stimulating the country’s real estate sector and extending more credit to low and medium income earners.

The new loan program extends no more than 3 million baht in credit to real-estate buyers earning less than 30,000 baht per month, with a debt service ratio of 40-50 percent of the monthly income.  Interest rate for the first year will be at 3.5 percent and increase to 4.25 percent in the following year.  Those under welfare will be given a minimum retail rate of 1 percent per year, while individuals under normal conditions will be given a minimum retail rate of 6.75 percent per year.  The maximum duration of the mortgage under the program is 30 years.

Meanwhile, Krirk Vanikkul, Chairman of GHBank said those who are interested in the program can apply at GHBanks across the country, call 02-645-9000, or visit www.ghbank.co.th.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports held a welcome ceremony for a Norwegian man who has become the twenty-six millionth tourist to visit the country this year.

At Phuket International Airport, Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americas, Juthaporn Rerngronasa presented Tommy Jeppson from Norway a round-trip ticket between Norway and Bangkok, a five-night hotel accommodation package and a smart phone with a 4G SIM card.

Jeppson said he felt excited and happy to be the twenty six millionth tourist this year and would definitely come back to Phuket again.

The activity is part of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ campaign to attract foreign visitors. The ministry has estimated the number of tourist arrivals at 28.8 million this year. In Phuket alone, 80 percent of hotel rooms have already been reserved and bookings are likely to rise further. (NNT)

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