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    Two of Phuket’s worst roads set for upgrade

    Published on 01/08/2012

    » PHUKET: The Department of Highways and the Department of Rural Roads visited the Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (July 31) to discuss ways of how to improve the standard of roads in Phuket.

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    Artistic cross-fertilisation culminates in free BACC show

    Life, Published on 18/06/2014

    » Five prominent figures in the South Korean performing-arts scene and six local artists are joining to present what they have learned from each other this Sunday. They are currently participating in a short artist-in-residence programme at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) and Korean Cultural Centre, which winds up on Saturday.

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    Orchestra on The Beach at Cha-Am

    Published on 10/09/2013

    » The Cha-Am Municipality invited an international orchestra from the Fine Arts Department of Thailand to provide a free musical performance on the beach on 16th August 2013. The opening  of the concert was performed by the Mayor of Cha-Am Mr. Nukul Pornsomboonsiri.

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    Southeast Asian governments pledge to end dog meat trade

    Published on 19/09/2013

    » Officials to work with animal welfare coalition Asia Canine Protection Alliance Government officials from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have pledged to end the inhumane, commercial trade in dogs for meat. The trade is responsible for slaughtering an estimated 5 million dogs for human consumption per year. Thailand, Cambodia and Laos supply dogs for the trade into Vietnam, where they are slaughtered and consumed. Dog meat production has evolved from small-scale household businesses to a multi-million dollar industry of illicit dog traders causing pain and suffering to the dogs involved and posing health risks to humans. The trade in dogs for meat involves movement of dogs of unknown disease and vaccination status, impeding rabies elimination efforts in the region. Countries are failing to comply with their own national animal disease prevention measures, and are not following recommendations for rabies control and elimination by organizations such as the World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health and the trade has been linked to outbreaks of trichinellosis, cholera and rabies. The World Health Organization recently cited the trade as a contributing factor in recent outbreaks of rabies in Indonesia and cholera in Vietnam. Government officials agreed to work to end the trade at a recent meeting in Hanoi with animal welfare coalition Asia Canine Protection Alliance. Concerned about the spread of rabies, officials said they would enact a moratorium on the commercial transport of dogs from one country to another for the next five years. In that time, authorities will measure the impact of a moratorium on rabies transmission in the region. (In Thailand, where the trade is illegal, authorities agreed to better enforcement of existing regulations.) Pornpitak Panlar, with the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health in Thailand said, “We cannot change culture or habit, but we should stop the smuggling of dogs. This meeting was important to urge government agencies to see the problems caused by the dog meat trade and discuss a platform to stop the spread of rabies.” Nguyen Thu Thuy, deputy director, Department of Animal Health in Vietnam added, “The rabies situation has become more severe – especially this year. One of the main reasons is the illegal cross-border trade of dogs.” Boonseub Chemchoig, chief inspector general, Ministry of Interior, Thailand noted, “We never allow the transfer of dogs from Thailand to Vietnam for the purpose of consumption. We are still seeking solutions as the border between Thailand and other countries is long and difficult to manage considering the illegal trade. We are trying.” Animal protection organisations, under ACPA, will work with officials, helping to provide financial assistance, expertise and other resources as needed. ACPA is made up of Change for Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, Animals Asia and Soi Dog Foundation. “Canine rabies remains endemic in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia,” it was pointed out by Lola Webber, programmes leader, Change for Animals Foundation. “Ending the illegal trade in dogs destined for human consumption is a crucial component of national and regional rabies control elimination programmes.” Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement, Humane Society International, said, “The trade is not about a desire to maintain culture or custom. The trade is profit-driven and poses a risk to human health. In addition, throughout Asia and globally, there is mounting concern for animal welfare and overwhelming evidence documenting the inherent cruelty in all stages of the trade—from sourcing, transport, sale to slaughter.”

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    New attack on nominee loopholes

    Published on 05/09/2013

    » The office of the Ombudsman is seeking new legislation to prevent foreigners illegally owning land via Thai nominees. Under the proposed legislation, foreigners would face long terms of imprisonment or fines up to two million baht for trying to hide their purchase of land. Those found holding Thai papers illegally might be allowed up to a year to transfer the plots to legitimate entities. The current loopholes are said to be mainly setting up registered companies with a 51:49 Thai-foreign ownership or by marrying a Thai. There is a suspicion that many plots of land are illegally owned by Thais in mainland Thailand and on the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. At the moment land ownership deals are not public information, leading to suspicious transactions by Thais and foreigners alike. Critics say that there is no reason for new laws. What’s needed is strict enforcement of existing legislation including the anti-money laundering rules and the notoriously lax tax laws on property transactions.

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    Prachaub Governor Serious about Traffic Problem

    Published on 05/09/2013

    » The governor of Prachuab Khirikhan, along with the deputy governor, has lately called for a meeting with a committee on traffic problem solution in Hua Hin, staff of the Hua Hin railway, traffic police, tourist police and the media to discuss about urgent plans to solve traffic problems in Hua Hin.

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    Hua Hin Celebrates Founding Day

    Published on 09/09/2013

    » The Hua Hin Municipality is celebrating Founding Day on 1st October 2013 with Buddhist ceremonies and festive activities throughout the day.

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    Stressed coconut boss found dead

    Published on 07/08/2013

    » Responding to the sound of a gun shot, workers at a coconut factory in Nonplalai, near Pattaya, found the dead body of their boss in his bedroom. It appeared that Wanchai Suksawat, aged 67, had killed himself as there was a shotgun near the body as well as a suicide note and a photo of his late wife. Police said they were satisfied that Wanchai was demoralized in view of his constant illnesses and the fact that his new wife allegedly neglected him, leaving him alone for long periods of time. Unable to find a way to release his stress, Wanchai decided took his own life.

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    Illegal sex pills impounded

    Published on 04/07/2013

    » Following a tip-off from a stool pigeon, police raided three pharmacies in Central Pattaya that were selling the sex-enhancing drug Kamagra. Staff at the three retail outlets admitted they knew about the pills which were brought secretly to Pattaya from a Bangkok factory. They added that most of the sales went to older foreigners who didn’t care whether the pills were authentic or not, just as long as they worked.  Statements from staff were taken at the police station and the matter referred to the prosecutor’s office.

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    Thai Buddhist Lent to Bless Hua Hin

    Published on 05/07/2013

    » Hua Hin Municipality is preparing for the annual Buddhist Lent Ceremony, the tradition that marks the long standing of Buddhism in Thailand, said the Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul.

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