In SE Asia countries are on the look out and preparing for MERS.

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What is MERS?

Source is the CDC

MERS, a viral respiratory illness, was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

What can travelers do to prevent MERS?

All travelers can take these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of germs and protect against colds, flu, and other illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Be sure you are up-to-date with all of your shots and, if possible, see your health care provider at least 4–6 weeks before travel to get any additional shots.
  • Visit CDC’s Travelers’ Health website for more information on healthy travel.
  • If you are sick:
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid contact with other people to keep from infecting them.
    • Contact your doctor if you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after being in a health care facility in the Republic of Korea. Tell your doctor about your recent travel and presence in a health care facility before you go in for an appointment.

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50 tonnes of Thai garbage flows into sea every year

The Nation June 9, 2015 1:00 am

ABOUT 50 tonnes of garbage flows into the sea from Thailand every year, but less than two tonnes of that amount is collected later, Depart-ment of Marine and Coastal Resources chief Chonlatid Suraswadi said yesterday, which was World Oceans Day.

The garbage comes mostly from the tourism and fishery sectors, causing dirty beaches and the death of about 300 rare marine animals per year, he said.

The department and allies organised World Oceans Day activities at Phuket’s Patong Beach, including a team of 80 volunteer divers to collect garbage from under the sea and along the beach.

Two recent reports by the World Wide Fund For Nature detail the ocean’s vast wealth and role in human and economic well-being. “Reviving the Ocean Economy” said the ocean ranks seventh among the world’s top 10 economies and had “annual output of goods and services” worth $2.5 trillion. Its overall value was put at $24 trillion. Another analysis said every dollar put into marine protection would win triple that in benefits from employment, coastal protection and fisheries, while increased protection of critical habitats could see benefits of up to $920 billion by 2050.

via 50 tonnes of Thai garbage flows into sea every year – The Nation.

I read this and was glad they reported it.  I was at one of my favorite beaches that I photograph often Ya Nui with plans on swimming and just enjoying the beauty.  I left my camera behind at home but after wading into the water was sadden to see all the plastic bags EVERY WHERE.

The beaches are beautiful and trash is usual picked up.  But having a beautiful beach also means the water to be clean.  I ruined and ruled out me going in the water.  Who wants to swim in that mess!

Ya Nui Beach from WindFarm 16x9


This was not trash left from tourist as not that many tourist visit this beach.  Because it is plastic may not be seen as in this photo.  Only when you actual get in the water.  I think this was an isolated visit with all the plastic bags, I hope so!

The protected water here is a popular place for fishing trawlers, did they dump their trash here?  I dont know?

4 trawlers Ya Nui beach


Have you had any experience with plastic in the beaches you visit and love?

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New commercial airport near Thai capital to open by 2017

June 4, 2015 11:57 am

Bangkok (dpa) – Thailand’s military government plans to open a new commercial airport near Bangkok by 2017, officials said Thursday.

The government plans to redevelop U-Tapao, a former Vietnam War-era Air Force base located near the tourist resort of Pattaya, around 140 kilometres from Bangkok.

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It would be the third airport to serve the capital, along with Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports.

U-Tapao currently receives chartered flights from Russia and China, but Transport Minister Prajin Juntong told reporters he wants to make it a low-cost carrier hub.

Tourism accounts for 10 per cent of Thailand’s economy.

A report by Master Card earlier this month revealed that Bangkok was the world’s second-most visited city in 2014, with 18.24 million arrivals. It followed London, which had 18.82 million visitors.

via New commercial airport near Thai capital to open by 2017 – The Nation.

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Education reforms critical for the Thai economy, says World Bank – The Nation

Education reforms critical for the Thai economy, says World Bank


THE NATION June 4, 2015 1:00 am

ONE-THIRD of 15-year-old Thais are “functionally illiterate”, the World Bank said yesterday, and suggested that the country reform its education system partly through merging and optimising the networks of more than 20,000 “non-isolated” schools nationwide.

Speaking at the release of its “Thailand Economic Monitor” report, the bank’s country director for Southeast Asia, Ulrich Zachau, said slowing export growth evidenced in Thailand since 2012 was a “long-term trend” that had to be tackled by structural reform, raising the skills and productivity of its labour force.

“The single most important thing for Thailand is to improve its education and skills outside Bangkok,” he said.

Finance Minister Sommai Phasee, who presided over the event, said he very much agreed with the World Bank that education and human resources were critical to the future of the Thai economy and its political stability.

“I dare not speak up in the Cabinet because there are three ministers responsible [for education and skills], and all are soldiers,” he said. “We are still not walking on the right track and we are still walking slowly” in these areas.

The World Bank’s latest report forecasts that Thailand’s gross domestic product will grow by 3.5 per cent in 2015, primary due to lower oil prices, increased tourism receipts, and higher pubic spending. It projects that Thai exports will continue to grow slowly this year, by 0.5 per cent in US dollar terms.

Exports grew by an average of just 1 per cent annually from 2012 to 2014, a remarkable drop from the 13-per-cent average growth recorded from 2006 to 2011. The report said the decline was partly due to eroding competitiveness amid slow productivity improvements here relative to other countries.

World Bank human-development economist Dilaka Lathapipat said almost one-third of Thai 15-year-olds were functionally illiterate as defined by their lack of the skills needed to manage daily living and employment that requires reading skills beyond a basic level.

Severely under-resourced

Small village schools are also severely under-resourced, making it difficult to deliver quality education because of inadequate teaching materials, physical infrastructure and less experienced teachers.

“The problem is particularly acute for small village schools, which face teacher shortages and have less than one teacher per classroom,” he said. Hence the World Bank will soon submit a formal recommendation to the education minister to consider merging and organising networks of smaller rural schools to enabling them to optimise the effectiveness of good teachers and bringing better teaching to all classrooms, Dilaka said.

World Bank senior economist Kirada Bhaopichitr said a merger of smaller schools could be implemented because 85 per cent of the 19,864 small schools in Thailand (those with 20 or fewer students |per grade) are less than 20 |minutes’ travel away from other schools.

Unlike a plan by the previous government simply to dissolve small schools, an idea that faced a lot of opposition, Dilaka said the World Bank would suggest that the government delegate to local communities the task of considering proper solutions for their own areas, while the government would focus on providing incentives for encouraging the optimisation of their schools’ networks.

Not all of the smaller schools have to be closed since they can organise a network of nearby schools, including larger ones, to share teachers and resources.

The government can provide incentives such as providing transport or travel allowances.

According to the World Bank’s study, Thailand could drastically reduce the number of classrooms with less than one teacher per class, from 110,725 currently to only 12,600, simply through merging its 9,421 “non-isolated large schools and 16,943 non-isolated small schools” and halving their total number to 14,252 schools.

“Otherwise, in a bid to increase the number of teachers per class in schools upcountry to be on par with Bangkok’s, we would have to recruit 160,000 more teachers,” which would be very difficult to do, Dilaka said.

via Education reforms critical for the Thai economy, says World Bank – The Nation.

Today 2 April 2015 is the celebrations for Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday and all Thai peoples just to wear in the purple t shirt or dress for show to love their princess. Inside the area are have the donation blood to give a royal charity,Visually check, free haircut, Public assistance program, The craft and sale the meals. By Governor is The President of  the celebrations.


Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn : born 2 April 1955, is the second daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Her full ceremonial title is Somdech Phra Debaratanarajasuda Chao Fa Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Rathasimagunakornpiyajat Sayamboromrajakumari (สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดา เจ้าฟ้ามหาจักรีสิรินธร รัฐสีมาคุณากรปิยชาติ สยามบรมราชกุมารี; rtgs: Somdet Phra Theppha Rat Rat Suda Chao Fa Maha Chakkri Sirinthon Rattha Sima Khuna Kon Piya Chat Sayam Boromma Ratcha Kumari), which was bestowed upon her on 5 December 1977. Thais commonly refer to her by reducing such title to “Phra Thep”, meaning “princess angel”. Her title in Thai is the female equivalent of the title held by her brother, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. The Thai constitution was altered in 1974 to allow for female succession, thus making her eligible for the throne. As the eldest female child of the royal family (excluding Ubol Ratana, who married a foreign commoner), her position is comparable to a princess royal. Thanks : Sirindhorn Wikipedia.


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