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Woman weighing 300 kgs admitted to Chiang Mai hospital สิงหาคม 1, 2014

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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Woman-weighing-300-kgs-admitted-to-Chiang-Mai-hosp-30239900.html

A 300-kilogram woman who is unable to walk was admitted to the Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Thursday morning. The hospital dispatched an ambulance to transport Nokkaew Saensomparn, 31, from her home in a squatter community in Chiang Mai’s Muang district.

Officials spent about half an hour preparing to transport the woman to the ambulance. The first adjusted the walkway then used dozens of large blankets to make a stretcher.

Nokkaew said she was glad that doctors stepped in to help her. She hoped to lose weight and to be able to walk again.

Assoc Prof Doctor Somsak Chaowisitseri, the hospital director, said doctors would first look into the complications of her obesity before planning a weight-loss programme. The doctors would also wait for the woman to be sufficiently fit for an operation designed to help her lose her weight, he added.

 

Thai Embassy in Tripoli remains open

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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Thai-Embassy-in-Tripoli-remains-open-30239925.html

LIBYA

Thai Foreign Ministry on Thursday reiterated that Thai Embassy in Libya remains open although its Ambassador Kittipong Na Ranong left for Tunisia to supervise an operation center for evacuees there.

The envoy was accompanied by eight students and is expected to arrive Tunisia this evening local time, said Permanent Secretary for foreign affairs Sihasak Phuengketkeow.

The embassy will have a local staff to work at the embassy. Thailand have set up two operation centers in Tunis and Djerba of Tunisia to facilitate the evacuation from Libya whose situation is worsened by fierce fighting between armed groups.

Sihasak said that a group of seven Thai officials led by Foreign Ministry’s director general for consular affairs Thongchai Yasawas will leave Thailand for Tunisia at midnight tonight.

The team will coordinate with Tunisia on the travelling of Thais back to Thailand as there would be large number of Thais. The team will also issue temporary travel document for the evacuees.

Thongchai said that the ministry has asked Thai Airways to increase 70 seats a flight on its Dubai-Bangkok route to facilitate the Thais from Libya in returning to Thailand.

 

Sierra Leone declares state of emergency

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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Sierra-Leone-declares-state-of-emergency-30239940.html

EBOLA

Liberian typist at work using gloves as a proective measure to avoid the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia.//EPA

Liberian typist at work using gloves as a proective measure to avoid the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia.//EPA

Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency on Thursday and as the country struggled to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.

The impoverished country, along with neighbouring Guinea and Liberia, is struggling to contain an epidemic that has infected 1,200 people and left 672 dead across the region since the start of the year.

“Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary measures. The Ebola virus disease poses an extraordinary challenge to our nation,” Koroma said in a televised address to the nation.

“Consequently… I hereby proclaim a state of public emergency to enable us to take a more robust approach to deal with the Ebola outbreak.”

Koroma said he had cancelled a trip to a summit of around 50 African leaders in Washington DC next week.

He announced however that he would travel to neighbouring Guinea for a regional summit on the crisis gathering the heads of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

Koroma announced a raft of measures as part of the state of emergency, including quarantining Ebola-hit areas and deploying security forces to protect medical workers.

He banned all public meetings not related to Ebola and cancelled foreign trips by ministers and other government officials, exempting only “absolutely essential engagements”.

The president said the measures would be in place initially for 60 to 90 days, and then be reassessed.

Sierra Leone, which has seen 224 deaths, was also preparing Thursday to bury Omar Khan, a “national hero” who saved the lives of more than 100 Ebola patients before succumbing to the tropical bug.

’Very serious threat’

Fears that the outbreak could spread to other continents have been growing with European and Asian countries on alert.

Leading medical charity Doctors Without Borders warned the crisis would only get worse and said there was no overarching strategy to handle the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the disease.

Sierra Leone’s announcement comes a day after Liberia, which has seen 129 deaths, said it was shutting all schools and placing “non-essential” government workers on 30 days’ leave.

US Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse said it was temporarily withdrawing its non-essential staff from Liberia, citing regional “instability and ongoing security issues”.

Hong Kong announced quarantine measures for suspected cases, although one woman arriving from Africa with possible symptoms tested negative, while the EU said it was ready to deal with the threat.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has held talks with global health officials on potential measures to halt the spread of the disease.

In Britain, where one person has tested negative for the disease, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said it was regarded as “a very serious threat”.

The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The European Union is equipped and ready to treat victims should the deadly virus be found in its 28 member states, an EU source said in Brussels.

Medical staff ’swamped’ -

In Hong Kong, a densely populated city previously scarred by disease outbreaks such as the 2003 SARS epidemic, health officials confirmed they would quarantine as a precautionary measure any visitors from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who showed fever symptoms.

One woman arriving in the southern Chinese city from Africa, who showed symptoms including fever and vomiting, has tested negative for Ebola.

Australia, which has already warned against travel to west Africa’s Ebola-hit countries, said it was well prepared in the unlikely event that the virus should reach its shores.

Meanwhile, Thai health authorities said they had ordered all hospitals to monitor patients for any symptoms, particularly nationals or foreign tourists who had been in the outbreak area.

A British doctor volunteering in Sierra Leone treating Ebola patients told Metro newspaper that medical staff were swamped.

“The main challenge here, though, is that the health authorities just don’t have the infrastructure to cope. They’re overwhelmed,” Benjamin Black said.

Togo-based pan-African airline ASKY, which serves 20 destinations, has halted all flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone following the death of a passenger from the virus.

The 40-year-old man, who travelled from Liberia, died in Lagos on Friday in Nigeria’s first confirmed death from Ebola.

The virus crossing borders for the first time by plane could lead to new flight restrictions aimed at containing outbreaks, the world aviation agency said.

Japan’s health ministry said it has sent out an alert to hospitals and health organisations to be on the lookout for people with signs of the virus.

“In addition to the ordinary measures we already have in place, including thermographies to check on travellers’ body temperatures (at the airport), the government is drawing attention to the concerned authorities,” a ministry spokesman said.

 

Warring family makes peace

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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Warring-family-makes-peace-30239788.html

Thammawattana family signs pact under watchful eye of the court

AFTER ENDURING a series of tragedies for decades, rival members of the Thammawattana family have decided to give up their spats for the sake of “peace and happiness”.

Many members of the wealthy and notorious family showed up at the Criminal Court yesterday to sign a pact agreeing to drop some 48 legal cases they had lodged against each other. The agreement, which was arranged after six rounds of court mediation, turns a new page in the family’s history.

“The most important thing is to ensure our family gets peace and happiness,” Parinya Thammawat-tana told the court.

Parinya launched legal battles against his siblings and other |relatives after their older |brother, then-MP Hangthong Thammawattana, was found dead in the family mansion near the Yingcharoen Market in northern Bangkok in 1999. It is still a mystery as to whether Hangthong killed himself or was murdered.

Prior to his death, several members of the family suffered assassination attempts, with some |surviving and others not quite making it. It is widely believed that these tragedies were related to conflicts over the family’s massive wealth.

According to Parinya, he has now sold his stake in the Yingcharoen Market to his sister Nareumol Mangkornpanit. He did not disclose the price for which his stake was sold.

“I will no longer be involved in the management of the Yingcharoen Market,” he said.

The market, which was established in 1955 by their late mother Suwapee, began generating a huge income after a few years.

However, in 1979, when the family business was thriving, Suwapee was shot and paralysed.

Shortly before she died in 1990, she called on her children to love each other and stay united.

Nareumol yesterday thanked the court for mediating, adding that the pain would be more bearable if siblings turned to each other when conflicts arose and sought solutions together.

Parinya and Nareumol were later seen shaking hands and smiling yesterday.

The Criminal Court’s presiding judge Jessada Yuangthong, who helped in the mediation, said the case was quite complicated because it involved many individuals and huge sums of money.

However, he said, blood ties and shared wishes had eventually led to this agreement that would help end the 43 civil cases and five criminal cases.

“The deal also covers asset sales and benefit sharing,” he said.

Jessada said if any party is seen breaching the agreement later, other parties could petition to the Civil Court for a strict enforcement of the pact.

 

Police arrest two more over grenade attacks on rallies

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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Police-arrest-two-more-over-grenade-attacks-on-ral-30239789.html

POLICE presented two more suspects at a press conference yesterday, who according to deputy national police chief Pol General Somyos Phumphunmuang, were arrested for alleged links to grenade attacks against protesters on Bangkok’s Banthat Thong Road and Victory Monument.

Chareon Phromchat, 38, and Natthapan Bangla, 40, were arrested on Monday after being named by suspect Apichat Poungphetch, 42, who was arrested earlier. Apichat reportedly confessed that he gave RGD-5 hand-grenades to the two suspects, as well as to the Krissada Chaikhae, who is still on the run, Somyos said.

While Charoen denied any wrongdoing, Natthapan reportedly admitted that he was given the four grenades, but claimed he did not use them, Somyos said. Police have launched a manhunt for Krissada who was accused of lobbing one grenade at protesters in Banthat Thong and two at a rally near Victory Monument.

Meanwhile, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvari told the press yesterday the National Peacekeeping Forces’ month-long crackdown on illegal weapons, which began on June 26, were linked to 2,779 suspects. Twelve of the suspects are believed to be behind eight attacks.

The force has also seized 30 rifles, 688 shotguns, 911 pistols, 9,295 rounds of ammunition, 45 hand grenades, 19 launching grenades and 108 gun parts.

In a separate campaign from June 22-July 25, the force arrested 22,752 people for gambling in 12,872 cases along with 4,043 slot machines and a large number of gambling tools.

It also seized 4,197 cubic metres of Siamese Rosewood worth some Bt630 million, 580 cubic metres of teak worth about Bt15.9 million and 1,904 cubic metres of other hardwood worth Bt29.4 million in 987 illegal timber trade cases. The force also arrested 70,635 drug suspects in 66,657 cases along with 83.2 million yaba pills, 1,125kg of “ice”, 369kg of heroin and some 22.6 tonnes of marijuana.

 

K-water CEO meets Sihasak for update on water project Korea Water Resources Corp

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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/K-water-CEO-meets-Sihasak-for-update-on-water-proj-30239791.html

K-water CEO meets Sihasak for update on water project Korea Water Resources Corp (K-water) CEO Choi Gye-woon yesterday met the permanent secretary for foreign affairs, Sihasak Phuangketkeow, during his visit to South Korea.

Sihasak explained the latest position on the Kingdom’s under-review water-management scheme, while K-water’s chief affirmed the company’s continued interest in participating.

Sihasak said he had informed Choi that the National Council for Peace and Order’s review of the scheme should be completed by October, as it was one of the country’s most urgent public mega-projects and was crucial to private-sector confidence.

Since it requires a huge budget, the scheme needs to be considered carefully, he added.

The official said he had also affirmed that Thailand was open to receiving more information from K-water.

A K-water source said the Korean company understood Thailand’s need to review the scheme, was still hopeful to be part of it, and affirmed that K-water was a credible organisation “like PTT and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand”.

 

Centre opened to help Thai workers leave Libya

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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Centre-opened-to-help-Thai-workers-leave-Libya-30239792.html

EVACUATION

The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday opened a centre to aid Thai workers in Libya and said it would evacuate the first 41 nationals – including 11 students – via land transport to Tunisia as soon as possible.

The group will later board a flight to a country with direct Thai Airways International flights back to the Kingdom.

Deputy permanent secretary Natthawut Phothisaro said the centre, located at the ministry on Sri Ayudhya Road, would link to the Thai Embassy in Tripoli, would have two representatives of the Labour Ministry on hand, and would operate from 9am-9pm every day until the Libyan unrest abated.

A five-strong team of Thai officials will be dispatched to Tunis, which will serve as the main stopover for Thai workers leaving Libya, he said, adding that the Thai Embassy would relocate workers in highly restive Tripoli and Benghazi first.

Those interested in following updates on the situation can contact the centre at (02) 643-5259 or Twitter@ MFAThai.