Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:04

Giant mud crab discovered in Phuket

PHUKET, 14 October 2014  Locals in the famous island of Phuket have discovered a giant mud crab weighing nearly 3 kilograms.

Kasit Padungkan, a 29 year-old local in Phuket, held the crab in front of the media’s camera before sending it to the provincial office of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources where it would be kept for display and for researchers to study.

Investigations confirm that it was a male crab weighing 2.8 kilograms and measured at least 2 feet from its left to right claw. The crab’s scientific name is Scylla serrata and is commonly known among the locals as “Poo Thonglang.”

According to Mr. Kasit, he had bought the crab from an associate of his at a price of 700 baht. However, he decided to offer the crab to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources instead since it was a rather rare catch.

The last time a crab like this had been appeared in Phuket was back during 30-40 years ago. The crab population has reduced significantly due to the destruction of mangrove forests and the spread of shrimp farming within the area.

Realizing this problem, the locals along with the subdistrict administration organization (SAO) and other government agencies have worked together to replant several mangroves and now the crab population is starting to recover considerably.

BANGKOK, Oct 13 Lao Ambassador to Thailand Ly Bounkham on Monday paid a courtesy call on Thailand’s new Chief of Defence Forces Gen Worapong Sa-nganet with both pledging to strengthen government, military and citizens cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.

Besides pledging to strengthen cooperation at all levels, Mr Ly reportedly told Gen Worapong that peace has once again returned to Thailand after the National Council for Peace and Order seized administrative power on May 22.

He also thanked the Thai military for offering military training to Lao military personnel.

In return, Gen Worapong offered his thanks and told the Lao ambassador that cooperation between the two countries would continue as before and both nations would strive to solve any problems which arise.

Laos and Thailand share an almost identical language and majority of their peoples are Buddhist.

PHITSANULOK, 14 October 2014 - Phitsanulok province has unveiled its latest natural wonder – the newly discovered Phai See Thong Waterfall, which will be officially listed as a tourist attraction on October 21st. 

PAISLEY, SCOTLAND, 14 October 2014  Police in Scotland have discovered the body of a Thai woman at a river after she had been missing for two weeks.

The woman was identified as 41 year-old Amnuay Hobbs and her body had been found floating in the Cart River near the Inchinnan Road in the town of Paisley.

Ms. Hobbs was a resident of Oban, a town off to the western side of Scotland and was scheduled to take a trip back to her home country. However, she mysteriously disappeared on October 2nd and her relatives went to the police to file a missing-persons report. On the same day, a witness reported that she was last seen at Paisley.

Police in Scotland are now investigating to determine the cause of the death and her body would be sent to the forensics team for an autopsy.

LONDON, ENGLAND, 14 October 2014  The UK Foreign Office has requested the Thai charge d’affaires for an inquiry about the murder case of two British tourists in Koh Tao.

British Foreign Office Minister Mr. Hugo Swire has expressed his concerns regarding the case and has called for Mr. Natthawat Krisanamara, the Thai charge d’affaires, to give a clarification about how the case has been handled.

Mr. Swire has requested that the investigation be carried out transparently and the Thai police perform their duties with integrity. At the same time, he also said that the British police would be willing to provide any means of assistance for the investigation as well.

Last week, the Thai police pressed charges against two Burmese workers for the gruesome murder of Mr. David Miller, 24, and Ms. Hannah Witheridge whose bodies were discovered on September 15th, 2014 on the tourist island of Koh Tao.

Although both workers confessed that they were responsible for the murder and the Thai police claimed that their DNA matched those found on the bodies, many people are still not convinced that the workers were the real culprits, saying they have been made scapegoats.

BANGKOK, 14 October 2014  Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will attend a cabinet meeting today to acknowledge the progress of the agricultural zoning for rice farming and other important matters such as one related to southern security.

According to the report, Deputy Prime Minister for Security General Prawit Wongsuwan is expected to propose to the cabinet the appointment of former Secretary General of the National Security Council Thawil Pliensri as head of the advisory team on security for the Deep South.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda will be presenting a report on agricultural zoning to the Prime Minister. His report will be focused on the suitability of farmlands for rice growing both within and beyond the reach of the irrigation system.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is also planning to propose a budget of 2 billion baht to be spent on the dredging of more waterways.

BANGKOK, 14 October 2014 The Office of the Ombudsman is holding an academic seminar entitled ‘Overhauling the National Education System’ on October 14, so that all relevant parties in the educational field can collectively generate a more effective model of educational reform in line with the government’s policy, said Mr. Raksagecha Chaechai, the Office Deputy Secretary-General and Spokesman. According to him, the seminar is initiated by Ombudsman Prof. Siracha Charoenpanij, adding that education development is part of Ombudsman’s responsibilities since it is significant to the development of the whole nation.

The main objective of the seminar is to brainstorm all possible means to enhance overall the quality of education and teachers as well as learners in response to the ongoing decline in the nation's education quality. Over 50 concerned parties will attend the seminar, including academics, experts, specialists, and authorities in the education sector, which include executives from the Education Ministry, the National Reform Council on Education, the Board of Director of universities and schools, Education Reform Assembly, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Director General of Department of Provincial Administration and governors as well as other of relevant personnel.

Mr. Raksagecha said the agendas to be discussed in the seminar range from legislative amendment, the structure of education administration, curriculum, human resources management system to the decentralization of the educational administration. The brainstorm is expected to lead to a more effective and practical model of educational overhaul.

NAN, 14 October 2014  As Nan province is entering the cold season, thick blankets of fog in the early mornings are causing visibility problems for motorists.

Nan is considered one of the provinces full of natural tourism locations and unique cultural traditions that attract many tourist groups, especially during the cold season from November to February.

Due to the cold season, thick fog has reduced the visibility level to 50-100 meters in the mornings. Commuters are advised to travel with caution to prevent any accidents from occurring since most of the province’s geographical landscapes are mountainous areas. The huge amount of visitors to the province has also added to the problem, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

As for the weather condition in Nan especially during the night time, temperatures may drop to 16-23 degrees Celsius at mountain tops or high-level areas. During day time, however, the ground-level weather conditions would see temperatures hovering between 24-28 degrees Celsius.

YALA, 12 October 2014  The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) will install ‘hi-met’ or ‘height mast’ electricity poles in urban communities in the deep South in hopes of reducing chances of violence in the region.

Mr. Phanu Uthairat, SBPAC Secretary- General said the project is a joint project of the SBPAC, the Provincial Electricity Authority and the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC). Under the project, 34 additional height masts will be initially installed in 9 urban communities.

More lights are expected to help reduce the risk of crimes and violence in the far South as well as establish peace of mind and vitality for those living in the southernmost region. Consequently, all the three units have worked together to determine the best locations for new Hi-mets, said Mr. Phanu.

34 height-masts will be installed in nine urban areas as follows: five each for the districts of Muang Yala, Muang Pattani, Muang Narathiwat, and Su-ngai Kolok. Four each for the districts of Yaha, Sai Buri and three each in the districts of Rue-so and Raman.

BANGKOK, 12 October 2014  Thai and foreign tourists swarm into the northern province of Chiang Rai as winter is about to arrive. There are musical performances and food fairs organized on the province’s main walking street to attract tourists.

Deputy mayor of the Chiang Rai municipality Bang-on Malidin said the municipality was preparing to organize the 11th flower fair and the 2015 Thin Thai Ngam beauty pageant this high season to stimulate the province’s tourism. There would be many more festivals and tourism events to take place in winter this year for tourists to enjoy, said Ms. Bag-on.

From 13-16 October, temperatures in Chiang Rai are expected to drop by 3-5 degrees Celsius, resulting in cold weather and strong winds. The lowest temperature is forecast to be 17-22 degrees Celsius.

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