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Share-bike comes to Phuket Town

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Phuket’s Governor chaired a meeting with Phuket City Development (PKCD), the Phuket Municipality and two bicycle companies who are sponsoring the initiative, aiming to launch the bicycle sharing project on September 20. The project hopes to help reduce the crowded traffic and parking space issues around Phuket Town.

“The project is organised by PKCD, a joint venture between government and private sectors in Phuket. The bike-share project is supported by Obike and Ofo, two bicycle rental companies, which have designed their bikes to travel from one destination to another within a distance of 1-5 kilometres,” says Governor Plodthong.

“This is part of Phuket’s future for transportation. It will help reduce the costs of transportation and help solve some of the parking space issues. The two companies are existing suppliers for share-bike projects overseas. This is the first bike sharing initiative in Thailand and it uses a mobile application to search for a bicycle on the map and uses QR code to scan and unlock the bike. Everyone can share the bikes simply by searching for it, unlocking it, enjoying it and returning it. The parking for the share-bikes will be provided by the Phuket Municipality.”

Meanwhile, Gan Prachumpan, President of the PKCD board, said that the share-bikes will be free of charge on its first month, starting from September 21. An activity called “Car Free Day” will also be held on September 24 to promote reducing the use of cars and encouraging people to use their bicycles instead.

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Crisis meetings in Bangkok today over smog solutions

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Urgent meetings are being held in Bangkok today to address the acute smog problems in the capital.

The Pollution Control Department and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are gathering today in their latest efforts to battle with the persistent smog while dust particles continue to blanket the capital with smog levels alarming locals and causing tourists to cancel their holidays.

The meeting was organised after the authorities concerned rushed rushed to find solutions to help ease the problem, including cleaning roads more often, spraying water over Greater Bangkok’s sky (useless), trying to produce artificial rain with cloud-seeding and enforcing strict laws against vehicles emitting excessive exhaust fumes.

PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha “has instructed relevant authorities to introduce additional measures to deal with this situation”, Government Spokesman Puttipong Punnakanta said.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Army’s efforts to spray water to ease the pollution on Monday night and yesterday morning did not appear to help much.

For instance, pollution was marginally brought down to 90 from 96 on Monday and to 71 yesterday on Phaholyothin Road in the capital.

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Baby elephant dies from horrific wounds after being caught in hunter’s trap

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A baby elephant has died after a hunter abandoned her, tied up to a fence in a forest in Rayong. The little elephant died after suffering from horrific wounds.

The elephant, only one month old, was found by villagers in Rayong tied up to a fence with a rope cutting deep into her ankle.

Read the story of her discovery and rescue HERE.

When she was found she was barely able to stand and in obvious pain. Villagers named her Baitong. Nothing is known about Baitong’s mother.

She was rescued on December 18, but despite constant expert vet care and an emergency amputation of her infected foot, she succumbed to her injuries.

A vet from the Bureau of Conservation Area Management says that amputating her her foot was necessary to prevent her from dying of infection. The vets report that last Thursday, Baitong was playing with some of her carers when her condition suddenly worsened and she collapsed during the evening. Several vets worked through the night to treat Baitong but she passed away on Friday morning.

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Bangkok smog: Oil refineries being asked to upgrade quality of diesel

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It won’t be a short-term solution but it is a worthwhile long-term part of the important changes that will have to be made.

But nothing concrete yet.

In yet another attempt to ease the health hazards posed by PM2.5 dust particles in Bangkok’s air, the Energy Business Department plans to hold a meeting with oil refineries this week about the possibility of upgrading the quality standard of diesel from Euro 4 to Euro 5.

The department director-general Ms Nanthika Tungsupanich says that the meeting was intended to sound out the opinions of the six oil refineries about when they will be ready to upgrade the quality standard of oil products, diesel in particular, to Euro 5 level.

Diesel of Euro 4 standard contains 55 ppm sulfur while the Euro 5 standard sets the amount of sulfur at 10 ppm.

In 2017, the Department of Pollution Control Department held discussions with the six oil refineries and automobile manufacturers about upgrading fuel quality to Euro 5 standard, but the plan was opposed by some of the refineries claiming the high investment costs estimated at about US$400 million for each refinery.

Euro 4 standard has been put into practice since 2012 and it was initially planned that Euro 5 standard would be enforced last year so that all the refineries could go into production in the year 2022.

Ms Nanthika said that the new quality standard could not be introduced without the Pollution Control Department first seeking an approval from the cabinet.

With substantial investment costs, the price of diesel might have to be adjusted up from .50-one baht per litre.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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