Thailand – Free period for Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry extended

The free ferry service across the Gulf of Thailand between Pattaya and Hua Hin will be available during the trial period until January 31.

The official ferry service, which was set to begin operations tomorrow, was delayed until the end of the month due to storms in the South. As a result, the ferry operator Royal Passenger Liner announced the change of plans.

Preecha Tantipura, chief executive office of Royal Passenger Liner, reported the period extension to the Marine Department and the postponement of the official launch of the ferry until February.

People who are interested in more details about the ferry service can visit the company’s Facebook page @RoyalPassengerLiner or call +66 38 488999.

Source: The Nation

What is wrong with all the Sub-Googles

What is wrong with all these (Sub)-Googles ?
Like Google Adsense, Google my Business, Google Maps, Google Local Guides, ….

Do the work with amateurs, volunteers, students or assholes ?
Or the not have any interest in their work ?
The not have Professional programmers ?

1/ Let we start with Google my Business. @googlemybiz
We stay in a 5 floor building with several companies.
With many difficulties we get 3 verified.
All 4 get their own business Page, but without a good Google-domain-name ?
The 4th a trading company was verified, but canceled without any reason.
We complain on twitter and the responded to fix this, but without results.
The not answer more or fall in sleep.
Terrible !!!

2/ Than Google Maps @googlemaps
The hanging on Google my business, but not real accept what you add.
Every-time the change the location by their own.
You must every-time check again because the move the marker (arrow) by their own.
This is real shit.
Customers can not find you after the change it wrong.

3/ Than Google Local Guides @localguides
I was in, but the block me.
A group of members ask to set-up local guide meetings (in Bangkok)
I answer: that’s easy that can in my restaurant.
The moderator say that’s adverting, but we must make meetings on the street like tramps ?
One time someone ask me about the bombing that time in Bangkok, and I write it is safe to travel. And same minute the block me.
The worsted is I lose my google map points.

4/ Google Adsense @AdSense
I change my address a year a go in their system.
I must do that to become my pin number to verified and pay out.
The send over and over the pin to the old address.
Now the so far the stop add on my websites.
Do the sleep or the are so very lazy or stupid ?

I come back on Google Maps
There is also a Google MyMaps but not one of my verified business stay on this MyMaps
Only some fake maps there the not belong in this map.

Real appreciated !

You see today (15-01) again the marker/arrow NOT stay on the address.
The marker stay more than 100 meter of the address in the middle of a park.
In another Soi/street.

The need real professional programmers, or wake-up.

When you make a Facebook Page with your Address, the use and what ?
The address and marker stay correct on the right place ! WoW

We post this earlier, but NO response

Please Wake-Up Google
Thank you

More rain and pain expected as Thai flood death toll rises to 40

(Source: BANGKOK: Thailand faces more hardship from unseasonable floods that have killed 40 people in its south, with more rain expected in the major rubber-producing and tourist region in coming days, a top disaster agency official said on Sunday (Jan 15). Persistent heavy rain well into what should be the dry season has triggered […]

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Thailand being overtaken by tourist-hungry neighbours

Last week it took 90 minutes to fly the 987 kilometres from Hanoi to Bangkok. It took another 95 minutes to cover the relatively short distance from the aircraft gateway to the car in Don Mueang Airport’s car park.

The main hold-up, of course, was at Immigration, where there were long queues, with only half the desks manned.

What greatly aggravated the situation, at least in my queue, were the arriving tourists who had not completed their immigration forms.   When they arrived at the desk, instead of being asked to step aside and complete their forms, they were allowed to fill them out on the spot while the rest of us waited. This happened no less than eight times.

I watched speechless at this inanity while others in the queue grew increasingly restive and impatient.

Last year tourism netted Bt1.56 trillion. The entire Thai tourism infrastructure needs to lift its game if it hopes to continue to profit from tourism, and it needs to start with a very critical examination of the inadequacies of the immigration procedures at all international airports.

I travel extensively in Southeast Asia and it is my observation that other countries are rapidly overtaking Thailand as preferred destinations. Vietnam in particular is racing ahead, thanks to seamless immigration and customs procedures, safety for tourists, a comprehensive and efficient transport network, competitive pricing and service with a genuine smile.

One night in Vietnam I ordered ice for a nightcap whiskey in my hotel room. The bellhop refused a tip, saying, “No thank you, I am happy to do my job.” Can you imagine that happening in Thailand? Yes, perhaps when pigs fly.

A Tourist

Source: TheNation

Thailand – Plane crash in Hat Yai crash air show on Children Day

A fighter jet crashed during a Children’s Day air show in Hat Yai, Songkhla province, on Saturday. The pilot was killed.

Sqn Ldr Dilokrit Pattavee was killed when the Swedish-made Jas 39C Gripen fighter jet crashed on a runway at Wing 56 during the air show at around 9.27am while performing a surprise attack manoeuvre.

About an hour later, Thai media reported an airport fire engine overturned while rushing to put out the fire shortly after the crash. Hat Yai airport had to close to clear the runway. Commercial flights were diverted to Krabi airport while outbound flights were delayed. Authorities expect to be able to reopen the airport before noon.

Air Force spokesman Pongsak Semachai said a committee would be set up to investigate into the cause.

The “Royal Thai Air Force” Facebook urged the public not to share the video clips and photos of the crash out of respect for the victim’s family and affected parties.

Thailand,  the only country in the region with the Swedish planes in its fleet, has acquired 12 Gripen C/D single-engine fighter jets since 2008 at a cost of nearly US$70 million (2.5 billion baht) apiece.

Source: Bangkok Post

Red Carpet at Ferrari roll out for son Schumacher

MARANELLO – The Italian racing team Ferrari hopes to incorporate the son of Michael Schumacher in the training program. The Seventeen-year-old Mick Schumacher can follow in the footsteps of his illustrious father, who for years ruled the Formula 1 in the red car of Ferrari and won it five of his seven world titles. For the ‘junior Schumi’ stay the door wide open at Ferrari.

,,If he wants to join our training program, is the red carpet for him, ” said Massimo Rivola Ferrari in Italian media. ,, Mick was raised very well, compliments to his parents. He is already under great pressure from the media at his young age, but he’s going to be very good.”

Mick Schumacher has never made a secret that he, like his father ever wants to become world champion in Formula 1. The teenager made his debut two years ago at the race team of Frits van Amersfoort in Formula 4. After two years in which racing series comes Schumacher junior next season out in the Formula 3 for the Italian team Prema.

This is how Thai students think expats see Thailand (Video)

Water boxing, riding “beautiful elephants” in a commercial elephant camp, and grabbing a quick bite of fried bugs and Pad Thai on the street are what a group of award-winning students think expats love about Thailand.

This homemade video by five Communication Arts students at Nation University, in the northern province of Lampang, won first prize in the government-sponsored contest “Through the eyes of foreigners: Youth’s reflection on the image of Thailand.”

Their three-minute video was awarded THB50,000 cash by the National Legislative Assembly.

According to the announcement that called for submissions, the project was a chance for young Thais between the ages of 15-25 to present a story that reflects their perception of the expat community towards Thailand and paint a picture why they think those foreigners chose to settle down in the land of smiles.

And the result is in: VIDEO

The video by winning team “Kapook Creator” was released to the public by the National Legislative Assembly last night — it offers an interesting look at what the government and Thais think expats are interested in.

Nukul Kammin, a third-year advertising major who was the cameraman for the project, said his group was inspired by the music video “Bangkok City” by Thai-American hip hop group Thaitanium, which might remind you of Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”

Asked how he thinks expats see Thailand, the junior said: “Just like in the video. Travel, culture, massage, world-famous Muay Thai, food, elephants, I think these are why foreigners came to Thailand.”

“I didn’t expect we’d win. I think our video is pretty cool, but I thought we’d only get experience, not an award,” the filmmaker said.

Adviser to the project Ajarn Chinnagrit Udomlappaisan commented that it was more about the opportunity for his students to develop a video with a set of instructions.

“The project gave the kids an opportunity to think how they would present Thainess within a limited time,” Chinnagrit said.


Thailand – Today is Children Day

Children can sit in PM’s chair, but only today

Children will get a chance to sit on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chair at  Government House today to help celebrate Children’s Day.

They can also take a tour on his office in Thai Khu Fah Building and take part in guided tours of other important rooms. After the tour, they would be encouraged to write cards to the Prime Minister.

The Cabinet meeting room would also be opened for youngsters.

The Prime Minister was reported to have prepared gifts for them, including CDs of the Late King’s book “The Story of Mahajanaka”.

He will preside over the event, welcoming them with advice and taking part in a photo session.

The highlight of the event is expected to be dinosaur models of various species prepared by the Mineral Resources Department, along with other child learning games.

Source: TheNation

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#Cambodia – On the front lines of malaria elimination

Rural health centres throughout the country are leading the fight against the scourge of drug-resistant malaria. Can international organizations, local health officials and the government unite before the parasite spreads?

Amid the sugar cane plantations and rice paddies of Kampong Speu, the Oral district health centre appears no different from any of its counterparts throughout the country. Yet the work being done here, and at a handful of others selected as “sentinel sites”, has global consequences. It is an integral part of a system at the forefront of the fight against drug-resistant malaria a pervasive problem in Cambodia that has the potential to spread.

Here at the health centre, a team from the National Center for Malaria (CNM) and the district centre’s chief work together to track malaria patients, take samples of their blood, and monitor the effectiveness of the anti-malarial drug cocktail artesunate-mefloquine, or ASMQ for short.

ASMQ was first introduced here in January 2016 and scaled out nationally by the end of December, in response to the increasing failure of the previous combination therapy: dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PIP).

“Before, we used [DHA-PIP], but 50 percent of the patients that used that drug would come back sick,” says health centre chief Chea Him. Since then, he says, his team has been monitoring the effectiveness of ASMQ against the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, considered to be the most virulent strain. The development of resistance in the parasite is, for public health officials at every level, the major concern.

Him receives reports from a network of 47 “village malaria workers”, who administer malaria treatment at the local level. Nationally, some 4,528 such workers are the eyes and ears for monitoring the disease in the most remote and malaria-prone areas of the Kingdom. Villagers showing symptoms of malaria are treated and if need be brought to health centres for treatment. Those found to be infected are closely watched for weeks after their initial treatment.

Without the village workers, the CNM and the World Health Organization are essentially left blind in a high-stakes public health operation launched last year to eliminate P falciparum malaria in Cambodia by 2020. The effort is part of the WHO’s ambitious strategy to eliminate malaria from the Mekong region by 2030.

At a sentinel site like this one in Oral district, blood tests are carried out to monitor the efficacy of current treatments, and some samples are sent on to world-class research institutions such as the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh.

“For falciparum, resistance is a problem, because it’s a medical emergency,” explains Pasteur Institute researcher Dr Benoit Witkowski. “You need treatment to work quickly … [because] over 90 percent of malaria deaths are caused by falciparum.”

As such, monitoring resistance is hugely important, but it requires constant oversight and follow-ups.

“It’s not that a treatment is totally ineffectual, but if [resistant] parasites remain alive [in the patient’s blood after treatment], then they multiply and cause a resurgence of the sickness,” he says. This typically happens three weeks after the initial treatment. Then, he explains, when that mosquito bites the patient, it becomes a carrier and will go on to infect others.

Since switching to the ASMQ drug one year ago, the Oral district health centre has treated and tracked 45 cases, none of which have seen a resurgence of malaria.

It is good news for now, but for officials at the World Health Organization in Cambodia, the clock is ticking on when ASMQ will begin to fail.

“Cambodia is always pointed out as the initial place where malarial drug resistance is documented,” says Dr Jean-Olivier Guintran, a medical officer with the WHO’s malaria program. When asked how soon resistance might emerge, head of program Dr Luciano Tuseo pointed to the case of DHA-PIP, which began failing after two years.

“We can expect it to be a matter of months,” he says.

A history of resistance
The history of drug-resistant malaria parasites in Cambodia helps to explain why this is.

In the late 1950s, resistance to chloroquine, the WHO’s principle weapon in their first global malaria eradication campaign, was first detected in Cambodia, and by the late 1970s, it had spread to India and Africa. This caused millions of deaths as public health officials scrambled to deploy alternative treatments.

“Medicines would fail 50 percent of the time, and for children especially, that meant very high mortality,” Tuseo says.

Chloroquine was largely replaced in Southeast Asia with another drug, sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine and then piperaquine, until it too began to fail in the 1980s.

Luckily, in the 1970s, the US Army developed mefloquine, which was successfully deployed to combat malaria; however, by the early ’90s, resistant parasites were once again detected and spread throughout Southeast Asia.

What prevented a repeat of the disaster of chloroquine resistance this time around was the introduction of artemisinin combinations. The artemisinin molecule had been independently developed by Chinese scientist Youyou Tu, for which she later received the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine.

When Cambodia’s civil war came to an end, the WHO was able to begin monitoring the malaria situation in western Cambodia, historically the breeding ground of drug-resistant parasites, for the first time in decades.

During the Khmer Rouge period, the massive use of only artemisinin supplied by China likely caused resistance to develop, Tuseo says, although resistance to other drugs emerging from Pailin since remains a mystery.

This is the “million dollar” question, Witkowski says. Among the leading hypotheses, he says, is that resistance is driven by the misuse of drugs.

Another theory is that the parasites found here have a high likelihood of genetic mutation, meaning their evolution into a drug-resistant form is more likely than elsewhere.

“It’s also possible that [Southeast] Asian parasites are more capable of mutating [than those found elsewhere] and so the dice throw of finding a more resistant parasite is more likely,” he adds.

Oddly, the relatively low rates of transmission in Southeast Asia actually make drug resistance more likely. Lacking competition from “non-mutant” parasites, the rogue strains are free to evolve.

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