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Regional haze pollution may diminish this year

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CHERNG TALAY: In one of his first official acts as Governor, Dr Preecha Ruangjan represented the province at a multinational meeting aimed at reducing forest fires and haze in the region.

The gathering, the Sixth Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Trans-boundary Haze Pollution, was hosted at the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Resort on October 22.

The ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Center (ASMC) reported that with rainfall expected to be normal or above normal for the rest of the year and in early 2009, excessive haze is unlikely.

Nevertheless, the Ministers agreed that relevant national agencies should remain vigilant, taking all necessary proactive measures to prevent and mitigate the widespread land and forest fires that cause the annual haze.

Attending the event were environment ministers, or their representatives, from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

The opening address was given by Nisakorn Kositratna, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. She was standing in for Natural Resources and Environment Minister Anongwan Thepsuthin, who also heads the Matchimathipataya Party, one of three coalition parties facing possible dissolution following fraud convictions of executive members in the last general election.

In the end, the ministers agreed that ASMC will organize a workshop in Singapore early in 2009, when experts will discuss ways of improving regional forecasting of atmospheric haze, such as through use of computer modeling.

The ministers commended Indonesia’s efforts in implementing its anti-haze action plan, but asked that further action be taken to decrease the rate of deforestation in Sumatra, among other measures.

They also noted that while there has been an increase of “hotspot activities” in the region, there was no significant corresponding increase in trans-boundary haze. This was attributed to better fire suppression and wetter than normal weather conditions.

For the complete official findings of the event click here.

The ministers are scheduled to meet again in April/May 2009 in Brunei.



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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