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Bird ‘flu measures tightened up

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Bird ‘flu measures tightened up | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura has ordered all state agencies to cooperate in eradicating bird ‘flu, after the reappearance of the disease in parts of Thailand this year.

On Thursday, Gov Udomsak called a meeting of heads of state agencies in Phuket to ensure the island remains free of the disease.

This meeting followed one the previous day in Bangkok, during which Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told the governors of all 76 provinces that he wanted them to make every effort to wipe out the disease within 30 days and commanded the governors to lead the charge.

Gov Udomsak divided the task up between the island’s three vice-governors – with each being assigned to head up preventive measures in one of Phuket’s three districts.

“All parts of the province will cooperate to check all poultry farms to make sure that this disease is not in Phuket,” the governor told them.

The Chief of the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office (PPLO), Sunart Wongchawalit, told the meeting that the PPLO checked all poultry farms in Phuket during the first bird ‘flu outbreak at the beginning of this year, and could find no evidence of the disease on the island.

However, he said, the PPLO would carry out a complete check again in order to guarantee that the province is safe from the disease.

K. Sunart added that, in order to prevent bird ‘flu being brought into Phuket, the PPLO are cooperating with the police at Tah Chat Chai checkpoint to examine all trucks transporting poultry onto the island.

“Officials at the checkpoint are on duty to inspect papers that authorize the transport of live poultry. The PPLO will take random tests of live poultry to make sure they are disease-free,” K. Sunart said.

In the case of chicken meat, officials will demand and inspect papers showing the results from state laboratories, confirming that the meat is disease-free.

K. Sunart also recommended that poultry farmers inspect their own farms. If more than 10% of their birds die in a 24-hour period, they should assume that there is an outbreak of bird ‘flu and contact the PPLO to cull all the birds on the farm. The PPLO will then quarantine the area.

He added that residents should report any suspicious situations they know of by calling the PPLO during work hours at Tel: 076-216934 (x14) or 076-218596. Reports outside office hours may be made to Tel: 06-5841742, 09-7297941 or 01-8943069.

No cases of bird ‘flu have yet been detected in Phuket.

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Police

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after a viral video clip in local social media.

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling? | The Thaiger

by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash | The Thaiger

A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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