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  • Tom 8:07 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , barrel, , currencies, economist, , , , , industrial projects, Influenza type A, , oil prices, projects, , Thai baht, , , , tourism sector, , trade partner, , world, World Bank   

    World Bank projects Thai economy to grow 3.5% this year 

    Thai economy

    The World Bank has projected that the Thai economy will grow 3.5 per cent this year and 4 per cent next year, rebounding from last year, when it contracted 2.7 per cent.

    Dr Kirida Bhaopichitr, country economist for Thailand at the World Bank’s Bangkok office said Thai exports are projected to expand 15 per cent this year thanks to improved economy of Thailand’s trade partners and recovery of the tourism sector. (More …)

  • Tom 1:46 pm on December 6, 2009 Permalink
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    UNAIDs: Changing the HIV/AIDs situation in Thailand 

    AIDS Awareness Ribbon

    AIDS Awareness Ribbon: Flickr.com

    No Government in this world can protect people from HIV/AIDs, the change must come from the people said Dr Michael Hahn, UNAIDs Country Coordinator for Thailand.

    This means that the Government can only help by providing the environment to facilitate change, especially to the risk groups such as same-sex groups or drug addicts who share infected needles.

    As an international agency for HIV/AIDs, the UNAIDs provide a support system, linking the Government, the civil society and other relevant parties together. It doesn’t reach out to the patients directly but it helps Thailand get the support they need such as technical support, better development policy or training in certain areas such as spreading awareness or prevention methods. (More …)

  • Tom 10:54 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Ayutthaya World Heritage, , Cultural Heritage Site, , , , Krung Si Ayutthaya, , , Thailand capital, The Great Kings, , world, World Cultural Heritage Site,   

    Grand celebration for Ayutthaya as World Heritage 

    Ayutthaya World Heritage site

    Ayutthaya World Heritage site: fotopedia.com

    The Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair 2009 will be held from 11-20 December 2009 at the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park to celebrate its prestigious title as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

    Highlights of the event are agricultural exhibitions, a food fair, a Thai-style country song singing contest, floating market activities, cultural performances and a beauty pageant. Booths selling locally-made OTOP products and well known goods from 16 districts can be enjoyed as well as.

    Ayutthaya was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991. (More …)

  • Tom 9:47 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , exhibits, , , , , River Kwai, River Kwai Bridge, River Kwai Bridge festival, River Kwai Bridge Week, trains, , vintage trains, , world, ,   

    River Kwai Bridge Week 

    River Kwai Bridge

    River Kwai Bridge: Flickr.com

    Date : 27 November – 8 December 2009
    Venue : River Kwai Bridge, Mueang District, Kanchanaburi

    Each year in late November to early December, the world famous River Kwai Bridge built by Allied prisoners-of-war during World War II, becomes the focal point of celebrations.

    Event highlights include historical and archaeological exhibits, a carnival, folk and cultural performances, rides on World War II vintage trains, and a spectacular light and sound presentation re-enacting the bridge’s World War II legacy.

    Watch the light-and-sound show in remembrance of the bridge and the construction of the “Death Railway” during World War II

    (There are 4 sets of headphones available in English, Japanese, Chinese and German). A wealth of entertainment and Exhibitions are on display. (TAT)

    Accommodation : Thailand Hotels, Thailand Hotel Deals, Luxury Hotels Thailand, Cheap Hotels Thailand

  • Tom 4:38 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Ayutthaya World Heritage site, Ban Chieng archeological site, , Dresden, , , , Kampaengphet, Sri Satchanalai, Sukothai, , , , world, ,   

    Ayutthaya could be removed from the World Heritage Site list by UNESCO 

    Ayutthaya World Heritage site

    Ayutthaya World Heritage site: fotopedia.com

    The World Heritage Committee expressed concerns for Ayutthaya, a Thai registered world heritage site, which could be removed from the UNESCO list.

    The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Culture and a World Heritage Committee member, Ms Somsuda Leeyawanit said the deterioration and heavy encroachment in the area of Ayutthaya World Heritage site were against the criteria of UNESCO and might cause Ayutthaya to be removed from the World Heritage list. (More …)

  • Tom 9:23 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: businesses, corporates, , , , Dubai World Company, financial crisis, , , , , , , , , , , world   

    SET believes Dubai financial crisis has no impact on Thai registered corporates 

    Dubai financial crisis

    Dubai: Flickr.com

    The Managing Director of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) believed the financial crisis in Dubai had no impacts on Thai registered corporates, since the incident differed from the crisis in United States.

    Ms Pattariya Benjapolchai, the Managing Director of SET said that the organization had coordinated with the registered corporates and Thai joint venture businesses, to gather information of affected firms from the debt moratorium of Dubai World Company at 3,500 million USD. It was found that some businesses were defunct and some got 100 million THB damages, the situation was not a cause of concern anyway. (More …)

  • Tom 8:32 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Antique warship, , battle, battle ship, HTMS Lanta, , Korean Wars, , , , , , , , , , , , United States Navy, USS Stone County, , , Vietnam Wars, voyages, Wars, warship, world   

    Antique warship to be turned into museum 

    Royal Thai Navy Landing ship tank HMTS Lanta berthed on the Chao Praya River It was launched in 1945 as the USS Stone County (LST-1141)

    Royal Thai Navy Landing ship tank HMTS Lanta berthed on the Chao Praya River It was launched in 1945 as the USS Stone County (LST-1141): Flickr.com

    The HTMS Lanta, a famous battle ships belonging to the Royal Thai Navy, is soon to tell its proud history to visitors by becoming a learning center.

    Formerly known as the USS Stone County, the Lanta was built by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company and was commissioned on 9 May 1945. The ship served the United States Navy until the year 1969 when it was sold to the Royal Thai Navy in 1973. It became the fourth ship in the Royal fleet.

    The ship participated in many missions including voyages to the second World War. It has received battle awards for service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. (More …)

  • Tom 8:13 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Chikungunya, doctor, encephalitis, , , human, , mosquitoes, Nipah virus, , , , viruses, WHO, world   

    Global warming will contribute to more outbreaks 

    Global Warming

    Global Warming: Flickr.com

    Global warming will contribute to outbreaks of diseases transmitted by rodents and insects, experts say.

    Director of the Center for Cooperation of World Health Organization, Professor Theerawat Hemachutha, said in a seminar on global warming and diseases that global warming would cause a massive migration of animals, especially rodents and insects. These animals, some of them are parasites of larger animals, will be carriers and will spread viruses to humans. One of the most dangerous diseases is encephalitis.

    The doctor also warned against a spread of Nipah virus which is one of the viruses that can cause encephalitis. Bats are the main carrier of the virus which can be transmitted via contact. A pandemic of Nipah encephalitis has been reported in the neighboring Malaysia. Another disease which the doctor warned of is Chikungunya with mosquitoes as carriers. (More …)

  • Tom 10:54 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Bang Bao pier, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , world   

    Asian Fishing Tournament begins in Ko Chang 

    Lonely Beach Koh Chang Island Thailand

    Lonely Beach, Koh Chang Island, Thailand: picasaweb.google.com

    The International Fishing Cup Tournament Asia kicked off on Friday in Ko Chang, Trat province. 15 fishing teams from Asian countries including Thailand have signed up for the competition.

    Major General Jaraspim Therarak, the manager of the Designated Area for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), yesterday presided over the opening ceremony of Ko Chang International Fishing Cup Tournament Asia at Bang Bao pier on the island. The event is jointly organized by the International Fishing Angler’s Associate, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Trat Tourism Business Association. More than 15 fishing teams from Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand have taken part in the competition. (More …)

  • Tom 10:29 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Afghanistan, , , , , El Salvador, , Iraq, Kuatemala, , , , Panama, , , ranks, , Somalia, Sudan, , Transparency, world   

    Thailand ranked 84th in worldwide corruption index 

    Thailand ranks 10th in Asia and ends with 84th in the world, in this year’s corruption perceptions index released by Transparency Thailand.

    Thailand, El Salvador, Kuatemala, India and Panama scored 3.4 out of 10 points in the ranking. Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived level of public- sector corruption in 180 countries. A higher score means less corruption. The ranking was based on surveys from 10 pollsters. (More …)

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