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  • “COVID-19: MAKE IT THE LAST PANDEMIC”; A PREVENTABLE CATASTROPHY WITH WARNING SIGNS IGNORED   Since September 2020, an Independent Panel has systematically, rigorously and comprehensively examined why COVID-19 became a global health and socio-economic crisis. In May 2021, the Panel presented its findings and recommendations for action to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that […]

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    “COVID-19: MAKE IT THE LAST PANDEMIC”; A PREVENTABLE CATASTROPHY WITH WARNING SIGNS IGNORED  

    Since September 2020, an Independent Panel has systematically, rigorously and comprehensively examined why COVID-19 became a global health and socio-economic crisis.

    In May 2021, the Panel presented its findings and recommendations for action to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that any future infectious disease outbreak does not become another catastrophic pandemic. The Co-Chairs of the Independent Panel are scheduled to present the Panel’s report at 14:00 CET on May 25.

    The panel concluded that the catastrophic scale of the Covid-19 pandemic could have been prevented, but a “toxic cocktail” of dithering and poor coordination meant the warning signs went unheeded.

    The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) said a series of bad decisions meant Covid-19 went on to kill at least 3.3 million people so far and devastate the global economy.  Institutions “failed to protect people” and science-denying leaders eroded public trust in health interventions, the IPPPR said in its long-awaited final report.

    Early responses to the outbreak detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019 “lacked urgency”, with February 2020 a costly “lost month” as countries failed to heed the alarm, said the panel. 

    And the panel also called on the world’s wealthiest nations to fund new organisations dedicated to preparing for the next pandemic.  – ‘Delay, hesitation and denial’ –

    The report was requested by World Health Organization (WHO) member states last May.  The panel was jointly chaired by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.  The report, “Covid-19: Make it the Last Pandemic”, argued that the global alarm system needed overhauling to prevent a similar catastrophe.

    “The situation we find ourselves in today could have been prevented,” Sirleaf told reporters.  “It is due to a myriad of failures, gaps and delays in preparedness and response.”  The report said the emergence of Covid-19 was characterised by a mixture of “some early and rapid action, but also by delay, hesitation, and denial.

    “Poor strategic choices, unwillingness to tackle inequalities and an uncoordinated system created a toxic cocktail which allowed the pandemic to turn into a catastrophic human crisis.”

    The threat of a pandemic had been overlooked and countries were woefully unprepared to deal with one, the report found.  The panel did not spare the WHO, saying it could have declared the situation a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) — its highest level of alarm — on January 22, 2020.  Instead, it waited eight more days before doing so.

    Nevertheless, given countries’ relative inaction, “we might still have ended up in the same place”, said Clark.  It was only in March after the WHO described it as a pandemic — a term that is not officially part of its alert system — that countries were jolted into action.  As for the initial outbreak, “there were clearly delays in China — but there were delays everywhere”, she added.

    Without the lag between the first identification in Wuhan and the PHEIC declaration — and then the “lost month” of February 2020 — “we believe we wouldn’t be looking at an accelerating pandemic, as we have for the last 15 or 16 months or so. As simple as that”, said Clark.

    The panel made several recommendations on how to address the current pandemic.

    Rich, well-vaccinated countries should provide the 92 poorest territories in the Covax scheme with at least one billion vaccine doses by September 1, and more than two billion by mid-2022, it said.

    The G7 industrialised nations should pay 60 percent of the $19 billion ($15 billion euros) required to fund vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics via the WHO’s Access to Covid Tools Accelerator program in 2021, it added.

    Fellow G20 nations and others should provide the rest.

    The WHO and the World Trade Organization should also get major vaccine-producing countries and manufacturers to agree voluntary licensing and technology transfers for Covid-19 vaccines, the panel said.

    “If actions do not occur within three months, a waiver of… intellectual property rights should come into force immediately.”  – Invest billions, save trillions –

    To tackle future outbreaks and pandemics, the panel called for a Global Health Threats Council made up of world leaders, plus a pandemic convention.

    The G20 should also create an International Pandemic Financing Facility, able to spend $5-10 billion a year on preparedness, with $50 to $100 billion ready to roll in the event of a crisis.

    “Ultimately, investing billions in preparedness now will save trillions in the future, as the current pandemic has so clearly illustrated,” Clark told reporters.

    The panel also proposed an overhaul of the WHO to give it greater control over its funding and more authority for its leadership.

    Its alert system needed to be faster and it should have the authority to send expert missions to countries immediately without waiting for their green light, it added.

    The panel believe their recommendations would have stopped Covid-19 from becoming a pandemic, had they been in place before the outbreak.

    The full report can be seen at https://theindependentpanel.org/mainreport/

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    13 May 13 2021
    COVID-19
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8318
  • THE ‘GREEN SEASON’ OFFICIALLY STARTS THIS WEEKEND

    Thailand will officially enter the rainy season this Saturday, with more rain than last year and rainfall over the entire season anticipated to be 5%-10% more than average, says Meteorological Department Director-General Nattapon Nattasomboon. Rainfall for the first half of the rainy season will be widespread and more than average but, in the second half, […]

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    Thailand will officially enter the rainy season this Saturday, with more rain than last year and rainfall over the entire season anticipated to be 5%-10% more than average, says Meteorological Department Director-General Nattapon Nattasomboon.

    Rainfall for the first half of the rainy season will be widespread and more than average but, in the second half, the situation will return to normal, he said, but warned of heavy rain, which may result in flash floods in some areas during the second half of the season.

    THE ‘GREEN SEASON’ OFFICIALLY STARTS THIS WEEKEND

    The rainy season will end in October for the northern part of Thailand, but, in the southern region, especially on the eastern coast, the season will persist until January next year.

    However the Royal Coast weather is typically very friendly as this previously published article explains.  See https://royalcoastreview.com/2019/09/the-green-season-on-the-royal-coast-thailands-best-weather/

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    13 May 13 2021
    Featured
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8315
  • Tripadvisor has introduced their Traveller’s Choice Awards 2021 by stating “travel in 2020 looked different, to say the least. We stayed a little closer to home, hit the open road, took to the great outdoors, and saw our own hometowns in a new light. And millions of travellers everywhere shared reviews and opinions based on […]

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    Tripadvisor has introduced their Traveller’s Choice Awards 2021 by stating “travel in 2020 looked different, to say the least. We stayed a little closer to home, hit the open road, took to the great outdoors, and saw our own hometowns in a new light. And millions of travellers everywhere shared reviews and opinions based on those places and moments that left an impression.”

    The Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2021 ‘Best of the Best’ list is said to be drawn from the experiences of the best experts possible: real travellers who’ve been there before.

    The list includes the most popular, most loved destinations, hotels, restaurants, things to do, and beyond.  The full list can be seen at https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/TravelersChoice

    According to the most popular destinations in the world; perhaps now on many travellers’ wish-lists until restrictions are withdrawn, Bangkok has been listed as number eight. 

    Phuket came in as number 14; not bad considering some of the world’s most iconic tourism destinations, including New York, Sydney and Rio didn’t make the top ten!

    Here’s the Tripadvisor 2021 ‘BEST OF THE BEST ‘ top ten world destinations 

    1. Bali, Indonesia

    2. London, United Kingdom

    3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    4. Rome, Italy

    5. Paris, France

    6. Hanoi, Vietnam

    7. Crete, Greece

    8. Bangkok, Thailand

    “Bangkok is full of exquisitely decorated Buddhist temples—as you go from one to the next you’ll be continually blown away by the craftsmanship and elaborate details. But if you’d rather seek enlightenment in a gourmet meal, or dance the night away, you’ll also enjoy Bangkok—the restaurant and nightclub scenes here are among the best in the world.”

    9. Barcelona, Spain

    10. Istanbul, Turkey

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    13 May 13 2021
    Featured
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8312
  • US CITIZENS IN THAILAND WANT EMBASSY SPONSORED COVID VACCINATIONS

    A coalition of Thailand-based American organizations is leading an appeal to the U.S. government to deliver vaccines to tens of thousands of Americans in Thailand as a pilot project that could later be expanded globally, according to Paul Risley, chairperson of Democrats Abroad Thailand and a United Nations consultant.  “Americans who live abroad need to be vaccinated […]

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    A coalition of Thailand-based American organizations is leading an appeal to the U.S. government to deliver vaccines to tens of thousands of Americans in Thailand as a pilot project that could later be expanded globally, according to Paul Risley, chairperson of Democrats Abroad Thailand and a United Nations consultant. 

    US CITIZENS IN THAILAND WANT EMBASSY SPONSORED COVID VACCINATIONS

    “Americans who live abroad need to be vaccinated for the same reasons that Americans who live in the United States need to be vaccinated,” Risley he said; “because it’s the only way to stop COVID-19.” 

    Expatriate Republicans echo the Democrats’ concern.  “In this particular case, all of us are on board,” said Tony Rodriguez, vice president of Republicans Overseas Asia, “obviously, there’s plenty of vaccines in America. Just get them on a plane and fly them over.”  

    The two groups, along with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 12074, and American Women’s Club, have signed a joint letter asking Washington to get vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — namely Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines — into the arms of overseas Americans as soon as possible. 

    In the letter, they asked “that our government now continue to fulfill the pledge made by President (Joe) Biden to make coronavirus vaccines available to all Americans.”

    Addressing U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the groups also proposed that Thailand, with its robust health infrastructure, “could serve an ideal testbed for a pilot project for the U.S. Government to deliver approved and effective vaccines to the tens of thousands of private U.S. citizens living here, and then ultimately replicate that effort for the large number of other Americans living overseas.” 

    “Would the logistics of such a project be challenging?” the letter asks. “Perhaps, but Americans excel at dealing with precisely these sorts of challenges, especially via the public and private sector partnerships which could undoubtedly be brought to bear.”

    When asked about the Thai letter, a State Department spokesperson said “The Department does not provide direct medical care to private U.S. citizens abroad. We are committed to providing all possible consular assistance to U.S. citizens in need overseas, including by providing information on local medical resources when appropriate.” The State Department’s current guidelines recommend that Americans overseas check whether they are eligible for a vaccine with local authorities. 

    Nikki Fox, spokesperson of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, said in an email that the State Department does not provide direct medical care to private citizens abroad.

    These comments echo a recent response from the Australian Embassy.  “The Australian Embassy won’t be involved in delivering vaccines to Australians in Thailand. Australians here “(Thailand) and in other countries around the world may be covered by the vaccine rollout program in their current location.”

    U.S. private citizens in Thailand are taking a variety of approaches to protect themselves against COVID-19. While some are trying to ride out the current surge, others are planning to go wherever they can to get vaccinated. Some have traveled to cities in the U.S. for a free jab, and Thai travel agencies have even offered COVID-19 “vaccine tours.” 

    US CITIZENS IN THAILAND WANT EMBASSY SPONSORED COVID VACCINATIONS

    For some, returning to the U.S. is the last resort.  This means paying thousands of dollars for plane tickets and a private hotel quarantine.  As many Americans in Thailand are required to pay U.S. taxes, and can vote in U.S. elections, they ask why can’t they get vaccinated where they live?

    The U.S. State Department delivered COVID-19 vaccines to all its eligible workforce stationed overseas in late April and expects its entire workforce to have been fully vaccinated by mid-May, according to Reuters.  The program has not been extended to U.S. private citizens abroad.  

    Washington has been under pressure to share excess doses with other parts of the world. The Biden administration committed to sending 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to hard-hit countries beginning this month. 

    The Australian government has given Thailand 68 million baht to support Thailand’s vaccine program and to help Thailand vaccinate the country faster.

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    12 May 12 2021
    COVID-19
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8308
  • NEW TARIFF RATE QUOTA DEAL WITH THE EU

    Thailand and the European Union (EU) have agreed on a new tariff rate quota deal, under which a predetermined amount of the country’s goods can be exported to the bloc at pre-Brexit tax rates. Thailand’s permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pimchanok Pitfield, has signed the agreement with José Fernando Costa Pereira, Portugal’s […]

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    Thailand and the European Union (EU) have agreed on a new tariff rate quota deal, under which a predetermined amount of the country’s goods can be exported to the bloc at pre-Brexit tax rates.

    Thailand’s permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pimchanok Pitfield, has signed the agreement with José Fernando Costa Pereira, Portugal’s ambassador and permanent representative to the EU’s Political and Security Committee (PSC) in Brussels, Belgium.

    The agreement, which replaces a similar agreement, which had to be renegotiated following the United Kingdom’s departure from the economic bloc on Jan 1st, will come into force next month.

    Ms. Pimchanok said products covered by the agreement include rice, poultry and fishery products, which Thailand will still be able to export to the EU with the same trade privileges extended before Brexit.

    Export duty reductions will be sought in separate trade negotiations, which will be held between Thailand and the EU, as well as the United Kingdom.

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    12 May 12 2021
    Business
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8305
  • WARNINGS AGAINST ‘COW DUNG THERAPY’!

    Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow dung in the belief it will ward off COVID-19, saying there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other diseases. The coronavirus pandemic has wrought devastation on India, with 22.66 million cases and 246,116 deaths reported so far. Experts […]

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    Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow dung in the belief it will ward off COVID-19, saying there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other diseases.

    The coronavirus pandemic has wrought devastation on India, with 22.66 million cases and 246,116 deaths reported so far. Experts say actual numbers could be five to 10 times higher, and citizens across the country are struggling to find hospital beds, oxygen, or medicines, leaving many to die for lack of treatment.

    In the state of Gujarat in western India, some believers have been going to cow shelters once a week to cover their bodies in cow dung and urine in the hope it will boost their immunity against, or help them recover from, the coronavirus.

    In Hinduism, the cow is a sacred symbol of life and the earth, and for centuries Hindus have used cow dung to clean their homes and for prayer rituals, believing it has therapeutic and antiseptic properties.

    “We see … even doctors come here. Their belief is that this therapy improves their immunity and they can go and tend to patients with no fear,” said Gautam Manilal Borisa, an associate manager at a pharmaceuticals company, who said the practice helped him recover from COVID-19 last year.

    He has since been a regular at the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratishthanam, a school run by Hindu monks that lies just across the road from the Indian headquarters of Zydus Cadila (CADI.NS), which is developing its own COVID-19 vaccine.

    As participants wait for the dung and urine mixture on their bodies to dry, they hug or honour the cows at the shelter, and practice yoga to boost energy levels. The packs are then washed off with milk or buttermilk.

    Doctors and scientists in India and across the world have repeatedly warned against practising alternative treatments for COVID-19, saying they can lead to a false sense of security and complicate health problems.

    “There is no concrete scientific evidence that cow dung or urine work to boost immunity against COVID-19, it is based entirely on belief,” said Dr JA Jayalal, national president at the Indian Medical Association.

    “There are also health risks involved in smearing or consuming these products – other diseases can spread from the animal to humans.”

    There are also concerns the practice could contribute to the spread of the virus as it involved people gathering in groups. Madhucharan Das, in charge of another cow shelter in Ahmedabad, said they were limiting the number of participants.

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    12 May 12 2021
    COVID-19
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8302
  • MANCHESTER CITY CLINCHES PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE

    Manchester City won the Premier League title for the third time under Pep Guardiola, after second-placed Manchester United’s 2-1 home defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday. The title is the seventh in their history, ranking them fifth in England’s overall list of top-tier champions, behind: Manchester United (20), Liverpool (19), Arsenal (13) and Everton (nine). […]

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    Manchester City won the Premier League title for the third time under Pep Guardiola, after second-placed Manchester United’s 2-1 home defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday.

    The title is the seventh in their history, ranking them fifth in England’s overall list of top-tier champions, behind: Manchester United (20), Liverpool (19), Arsenal (13) and Everton (nine).

    The result at Old Trafford leaves United with 70 points from 35 matches, 10 behind City with three games left to play in the 2020-2021 campaign.

    Despite a home defeat by Chelsea at the weekend, City have enjoyed a magnificent turnaround this season after picking up 12 points from their first eight games — their worst start since 2008-09.

    Since then they have been head and shoulders above their rivals and since hitting the top have looked unstoppable.

    After losing at Tottenham Hotspur in November, they won 22 of their next 27 matches, including a 15-game winning run and a record-equalling 11 successive away league wins.

    “This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other,” Guardiola told ESPN after City were confirmed champions on Tuesday. “This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players.

    “They are so special. To come through this season — with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced — and show the consistency we have is remarkable.

    “To come through this season, with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced — and show the consistency we have is remarkable. It is relentless.”

    The title marks the latest landmark in Guardiola’s glittering career at the club. After joining City in 2016, Guardiola landed his first league title at the Etihad a season later, as he masterminded a superb campaign where the club finished with a league-record 100 points.

    City retained their title the next season, as Guardiola’s men edged Liverpool in a thrilling title race, finishing on 98 points — a point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side. In addition to domestic league glory, Guardiola has also lifted the League Cup four times in a row, as well as the FA Cup in 2019.

    Guardiola’s success at City also means he has won three league titles in every division he has managed, following his triumphs in La Liga with Barcelona and the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.

    Among his players, Zack Steffen is the first American to the win the Premier League, while Sergio Aguero overtakes David Silva to become the club’s most-decorated player with 15 trophies.

    Manchester City have three league games remaining, against Newcastle, Brighton and Everton, before attention will turn to the club’s first-ever Champions League final.

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    12 May 12 2021
    Sports
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8300
  • CHINA’S 2020 CENSUS RESULTS – THE SLOWEST POPULATON GROWTH IN DECADES

    China’s population grew at its slowest pace in decades, according to government data released on Tuesday.  The average annual growth rate was 0.53% over the past 10 years, down from a rate of 0.57% between 2000 and 2010 – bringing the population to 1.41bn.  The results add pressure on Beijing to boost measures for couples […]

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    China’s population grew at its slowest pace in decades, according to government data released on Tuesday.  The average annual growth rate was 0.53% over the past 10 years, down from a rate of 0.57% between 2000 and 2010 – bringing the population to 1.41bn.  The results add pressure on Beijing to boost measures for couples to have more babies and avert a population decline.

    CHINA’S 2020 CENSUS RESULTS - THE SLOWEST POPULATON GROWTH IN DECADES

    The results were announced in a once-a-decade census, which was originally expected to be released in April.  The census was conducted in late 2020 where some seven million census takers had gone door-to-door to collect information from Chinese households.  Given the sheer number of people surveyed, it is considered the most comprehensive resource on China’s population, which is important for future planning.

    Ning Jizhe, head of the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that 12 million babies were born; a significant decrease from the 18 million newborns in 2016.  However he added that it was “still a considerable number”.  Mr Ning said that a lower fertility rate is a natural result of China’s social and economic development.  As countries become more developed, birth rates tend to fall due to education or other priorities such as careers.

    CHINA’S 2020 CENSUS RESULTS - THE SLOWEST POPULATON GROWTH IN DECADES

    Its neighbouring countries Japan and South Korea, for example, have also seen birth rates fall to record lows in recent years despite various government incentives for couples to have more children.

    Last year, South Korea recorded more deaths than births for the first time in history, raising fresh alarm in a country which already has the world’s lowest birth rate.

    Shrinking populations are problematic due to the inverted age structure, with more old people than the young.  When that happens, there won’t be enough workers in the future to support the elderly, and there may be an increased demand for health and social care.

    In 2016, the government ended a controversial one-child policy and allowed couples to have two children.  But the reform failed to reverse the country’s falling birth rate despite a two-year increase immediately afterwards.

    Ms Yue Su, principal economist from The Economist Intelligence Unit, said: “While the second-child policy had a positive impact on the birth rate, it proved short-term in nature.”  There had been expectations that China might scrap the family planning policy altogether along with the new census results, but this did not happen.

    A report by the Financial Times in April also quoted people familiar with the matter as saying the census would reveal a population decline.  This did not happen with the 2020 report but experts have told various media outlets that it could still happen over the next few years.

    “It will in 2021 or 2022, or very soon,” Huang Wenzhang, a demography expert at the Centre for China and Globalisation told Reuters.  China’s population trends have over the years been largely shaped by the one-child policy, which was introduced in 1979 to slow population growth.  Families that violated the rules faced fines, loss of employment and sometimes forced abortions.

    CHINA’S 2020 CENSUS RESULTS - THE SLOWEST POPULATON GROWTH IN DECADES

    China’s working-age population – which it defines as people aged between 16 and 59 – has also declined by 40 million as compared to the last census in 2010. But chief methodologist Zeng Yuping said that the total size “remains big” with 880 million.  “We still have an abundant labour force,” he said.

    However, economist Ms Yue warned that going forward, continued drops in the labour force “will place a cap on China’s potential economic growth.” She added: “The demographic dividend that propelled the country’s economic rise over recent decades is set to dissipate quickly.”

    After a few extra weeks in which officials were reportedly working to “prepare” the numbers and help to “set the agenda” the bottom line is the number of Chinese in China is growing – just.

    Most of that is people getting older – and staying older. There was a small increase in the number of under 14s, a vindication of the decision to end the one-child policy in 2015, according to the government’s census chief.

    CHINA’S 2020 CENSUS RESULTS - THE SLOWEST POPULATON GROWTH IN DECADES

    Experts warned that any impact on China’s population, such as a decline, could have a vast effect on other parts of the world.  Dr Yi Fuxian, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said: “China’s economy has grown very quickly, and many industries in the world rely on China. The scope of the impact of a population decline would be very wide.”

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    12 May 12 2021
    Featured
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8293
  • FLOOD DIVERSION RELIEF FOR BANG SAPHAN

    A big flood prevention project in Bang Saphan is reaching completion, providing diversion canals for water run-offs to counter flooding during the rainy season. Mr. Pramuan Phongthawaradej, the Parliamentary Member for Prachuap Khiri Khan District 3, says the district has suffered millions of Baht damage over the past 20 years from flooding and is hopeful […]

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    A big flood prevention project in Bang Saphan is reaching completion, providing diversion canals for water run-offs to counter flooding during the rainy season.

    Mr. Pramuan Phongthawaradej, the Parliamentary Member for Prachuap Khiri Khan District 3, says the district has suffered millions of Baht damage over the past 20 years from flooding and is hopeful that work undertaken by the Royal Irrigation Department will resolve this issue.

    Four drainage canals will receive water running off from the West Tanaosri Mountains to divert water from entering the central Bang Saphan area to damage houses and to prevent flooding on Petchkasem Road.

    The main Bang Saphan canal has a length of 531 metres and a depth of 6 metres and is 32 metres wide.  It can divert a water flow rate of 520 cubic metres per second.

    As well as increasing the capacity of a number of regional reservoirs, the Royal Irrigation Department will soon launch a construction project for the lower Klong Loi reservoir with a capacity of 17.46 million cubic metres. Solving long-term flood and drought problems is the ultimate goal for the people of Bang Saphan” said Mr. Pramuan.

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    11 May 11 2021
    Featured
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  • THAI ‘RETURNEES’ A FOCUS FOR MYANMAR BORDER PATROLS

    The Pha Muang Task Force is strictly patrolling the Thai-Myanmar border after Tachileik entertainment venues located across the border from Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province reopened. The authorities are on vigil for Thai people returning after working or gambling across the border, increasing the risk of Covid-19 being spread. From April 2021 to […]

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    The Pha Muang Task Force is strictly patrolling the Thai-Myanmar border after Tachileik entertainment venues located across the border from Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province reopened.

    The authorities are on vigil for Thai people returning after working or gambling across the border, increasing the risk of Covid-19 being spread.

    THAI ‘RETURNEES’ A FOCUS FOR MYANMAR BORDER PATROLS

    From April 2021 to date, the Task Force arrested illegal immigrants from Myanmar 13 times; 59 smugglers were found to be coming from northern Myanmar, which has a border with India.

    The source said that job openings were announced at the Tachileik side of the border at an entertainment complex called “King horse fly pub 6888”, which is located only about a kilometre from the border checkpoint at the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge.

    It hit the headlines late last year when a number of Thai nationals working in the town crossed back into Thailand illegally, bringing Covid-19 with them.

    Many of the Thais were employed at the 1G1-7 Hotel, a luxury, 100 room, 4 storey hotel, located just 1.5 kilometres from the border checkpoint in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district.

    Subsequent reports alleged that the venue was a centre for prostitution, operating as a high-class brothel for wealthy businessmen and the upper echelons of the Burmese military.

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    11 May 11 2021
    COVID-19
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=8288