BURIRAM, 28 May 2015 – Livestock Department officials in Buriram are rapidly vaccinating dogs and cats in areas deemed at risk of rabies, after the entire province was declared an outbreak area for the disease last week.

The local Livestock Department office is deploying vaccination teams in collaboration with local administrative organizations, in order to curb the spread of rabies. In Ban Phae sub-district of Khu Mueang district, officials indicated monitoring against the disease was needed as there were some 4,000 dogs and cats in the locale – many of them strays. In addition to the vaccination service, Livestock Department officials were also providing sterilization service for dogs and cats. Emphasis was being placed on strays, in an attempt to curb the number of stray animals.

Thapanaphong Monthathip, the chief Livestock Department official for Khu Mueang district, said his personnel were experiencing a shortage of budget for procuring vaccines. He urged the local administrative organizations, municipalities and businesses to help procure the required rabies shots for dogs and cats.

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014  – A joint environmental committee of the Ministry of Industry and the Federation of Thai Industries has planned to develop an environmental rating system for factories as a way to urge business operators to be environmentally conscious.

The campaign intends to reward factories that employ efficient environmental management with business incentives, such as faster license renewal. Factories classified as low risk currently number around 3,000.

Regulators will map out guidelines for factories that are considered high risk for environmental impact. They will also organize training for environmental personnel to improve their knowledge. The measure will first be carried out in provinces with a high degree of vegetation, including Rayong, Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao.

Industries regarded as posing pollution problems are those discharging waste water of over 500 cubic meters or releasing heavy metals during production, as well as those required to submit annual environmental impact and waste disposal reports.

A committee tasked with assessing factories will be established within a year.

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015 - The Ministry of Labor has recently held an executive forum to find ways to improve skilled labor in Thailand before the arrival of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

According to Labor Minister General Surasak Kanjanarat, academics and experts from both private and public sectors were invited to share their insight and advice on how to improve skill development and increase labor competitiveness.

The forum was focused on the tourism and auto industries. Thailand needs more tour guides with greater foreign language fluency, as the number of tourists increases each year.

General Surasak claimed that the cost of labor was not the reason foreign investors moved their production bases away from Thailand. Many have chosen Thailand due to its skilled labor.

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015, Army Chief General Udomdej Sitabutr has affirmed that the army obeys government policies, citing its recent achievements.

Gen. Udomdej assured the public that the army is being administered in accordance with state policy, adding that evaluations are conducted after every operation. These evaluations inform the military’s policy to assign responsibilities to the appropriate officers.

He declined to give a rating on the army’s performance. However, he said that military officials have been performing their duties to the best of their ability, to maintain peace in the Kingdom.

Gen. Udomdej highlighted the army’s recent achievements, tackling drug-related crime, as well as forest & nature reserve encroachment.

PHUKET, 27 May 2015 - The Royal Thai Navy has launched offshore operations to help Rohingya migrants and victims of human trafficking stranded at sea.

The Naval Civil Affairs Department said the Royal Thai Navy used HTMS Ang Thong as the base of operations to deal with illegal fishing and human trafficking. Another seven ships and two aircraft have been deployed to the southern seas to support the mission, which began on May 26. Medical staff will be sent to the base on May 29.

The operation base was launched in the wake of a report that a new batch of Rohingya migrants from Bangladesh this month have disembarked ahead of the monsoon season.

The navy said those spotted in Thai waters would be told to leave, claiming that migrants never consider Thailand as a final destination. However, officials will provide them with humanitarian assistance as needed. Those found ashore will be dealt with by international law.

MAHA SARAKHAM, 27 May 2015 - Researchers from Mahasarakham University have discovered the world's first herbal tea formula used to control and relieve symptoms of psoriasis.

A press conference was held with University Rector Supachai Samuppito, Dean of the Faculty of Technology Anuchita Mungngarm, and Prof. Siriporn Lawan with the health nutrition research unit. Patients from the Sakon Nakhon province were also invited to attend the news hearing.

Prof. Siriporn headed the herbal formula’s research & development. He explained that psoriasis is a chronic skin disease, whose symptoms include thick skin with red blotches, spots, and flaking. No definitive cause has ever been discovered, but studies have shown it may be related to genetic disorders, metabolic abnormalities, or the skin’s immune system.

While, psoriasis cannot be fully cured, and there are many forms of treatment. Patients can choose a combination of oral medication, injections and light therapy.

The response to psoriasis therapy can vary from patient to patient. They often require lifelong treatment, which can prove costly over time.

The use of herbal tea is an ideal long-term treatment for patients, because of its low toxicity. The tea is a combination of Thai and Chinese herbal medicine, with oleanolic acid that moisturizes the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an antioxidant and was developed as a safe anesthetic. This fights psoriasis symptoms, such as itching, inflammation and peeling of the skin.

Mrs. Thanika Kotabin, the mother of a patient from Sakon Nakhon, said her son had been undergoing psoriasis treatments for the past three years at various medical institutes. Doctors confirmed that the disease was incurable.

However, Dr.Siriporn heard of her son's case and contacted her regarding the experimental herbal tea. After two months of treatment, the patient’s symptoms were eliminated and he could go back to school.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:26

Big fines would “spark” interest


Re: PEA blames third-party techs for Pattaya wiring problems (PM Friday 22 May 2015) - Easy way to solve this problem - when cables become a danger to pedestrians on sidewalks or pavements and there is no identification as to their purpose, cut them down if they do not comply with Safety Council regulations.

99% are TV or telephone lines. PEA and EGAT are very strict with power cables. A simple slabbed burial trench would have been much easier to maintain!

The national TV Co and Telephone Co must take action. These tangled messes are an eyesore and a laughing matter with tourists, and dangerous! Maybe few million baht fine each month would spark interest!

Gary Edwards

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has extended the validity of the first-lot of Digital TV coupons for two more months, allowing the public to redeem for hybrid set top boxes within a longer timeframe.

The NBTC Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith has revealed that the NBTC has received permission from the National Council for Peace and Order to extend the validity of the first-lot Digital TV coupons, originally set to expire on 31 May 2015, to 31 July 2015.

This extension will provide holders the chance to redeem the voucher for a hybrid set top box that will allow viewing of both digital television and satellite television channels. The new set top boxes are expected to be available on the market in June 2015.

On the progress of digital TV channel license payments, the NBTC Secretary-General has said that 16 channel transactions have already been completed. The licensing payment deadline cannot be further extended.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand held a five-region economic conference to brainstorm ideas for economic development.

The conference, which took place May 23-24, provided a platform for different chambers of commerce to share their updates on their regional economies, and to jointly produce suggestions and strategic plans for the government to consider.

This year’s meeting focused its attention on agricultural modernization. Participants put forward short-term economic strategies for 2015-2022 in three major areas: agriculture, trade and investment, as well as tourism.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce proposed that the government use Section 44 to amend some laws and eliminate red tape, which are obstructive to the implementation of economic policies.

The TCC in addition praised the government and the National Council for Peace and Order for their determination to solve economic problems and social inequality.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:05

PM: 2015 first quarter economy expands

The Thai economy expanded in the first quarter of 2015 due an increased confidence from investors and tourists, according to the Prime Minister.

PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a televised broadcast, citing the National Economic and Social Development Board’s report, that the Thai economy expanded by 3 percent in the first quarter of 2015 (January-March) due to an increase in private consumption, investment from the government, and expansion in the tourism sector.

He said that this is a positive effect from government spending, and the confidence in the private and public sector from orderliness and security, from the nation’s return to normality.

The employment figure in April 2015 is at 37.5 million people, which is a 0.5 percent increase from the same period of last year.

The Prime Minister also said that there are still some structural issues to be solved for exporting goods that have been affected from competing countries who are also facing economic issues, and the low agricultural produce value that contributed to only 8 percent of the whole Gross Domestic Product.

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