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Ebola All Clear for Phuket; Burma's Exodus from Hate; Brit Cops Visit Koh Tao

Sunday, October 26, 2014
UPDATING All Day, Every Day The British man who died in Phuket after arriving from Nigeria has tested negative for Ebola, Medical Science Department director-general Apichai Mongkol said on Sunday.

nnt Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr Narong Sahamethapat insisted that all travelers arriving in Thailand from countries in infected zones, whether by air, sea or land, are being monitored by health officials stringently at the point of entry.

aap An Australian man who recorded an elevated temperature has been told to stay at his home in Thailand after returning from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 49 people have died of Ebola. He lives in Trat. Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her, drawing swift international condemnation for a prosecution several countries described as flawed. All public parties in the Koh Phangan district in Surat Thani province - except the full-moon party at Haad Rin - have been banned to ''prevent crime and vices''.

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AP An expert on Rohingya Muslims says a growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus from western Burma, with at least 8000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in less than two weeks. Chris Lewa, director of the The Arakan Project, says an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state since October 15. A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said. Lewa said that some Rohingya families have been told the huge cargo ships already have started arriving in Thailand, where Rohingya face deportation or fall victim to human trafficking. Thai police arrest a doctor and shut down a clinic after British woman - named locally as Joy Williams, 24 - dies under anaesthetic in Bangkok. She reportedly attended the clinic for surgery on October 14 but was not satisfied with the results and returned for a corrective procedure.

Tourists' Murder on Koh Tao British police made a surprise visit to Koh Tao to inspect locations related to the murders of two backpackers, a source said. They arrived on the island by helicopter from Bangkok, accompanied by senior Thai police. Three Scotland Yard police were believed to be on the trip from Bangkok, joining two others who had come to the island on Friday, according to the source.

Latest on the Ebola Outbreak The Public Health Ministry has taken possession of the body of a British man who died in Phuket to determine whether he had Ebola. Authorities are also monitoring some 25 people who came into contact with the man for any symptoms of the deadly virus. The number of people infected with the Ebola virus has passed 10,000, with 4992 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.

Phuket World of People The founder of the internet Sir Tim Berners-Lee finds it ''staggering'' how many people feel compelled to make hateful comments on the web. Thailand is estimated to have raked in more than 2 billion pounds from medical tourism in the last year alone. With websites advertising procedures at discounts of up to 60 percent, it is a top destination for clients from the UK, US and Australia. Security tightened in the troubled South on Saturday's 10th anniversary of the Tak Bai massacre, for which no one has ever been held to account. China and 20 other countries including Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding to create an Asian infrastructure bank that will help finance the region's US$800 billion annual needs. Dame Judi Dench, Ricky Gervais and Downton Abbey actors have joined forces to campaign against the illegal dog meat trade in Thailand. In a video for charity the Soi Dog Foundation, they speak over distressing footage of dogs being trapped and crammed into dirty cages, then being left to starve for days before eventually being killed. Doctors at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney said they performed three successful transplants of hearts that had naturally stopped beating in the donor, rather than using the typical method of removing donor hearts from patients who are brain-dead but still have cardiovascular function. An investigation found that not only has the underground White Cat brothel in Sydney defied two brothel closure orders, it offers Asian women for $90 less than the standard $250 fee charged for its caucasian workers. The United States said a ''scaled-down'' version of annual military exercises in Thailand would go ahead next year, after mulling moving the drills.

Around the Asean Region Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail has appeared briefly in court on charges of attempted rape after being extradited to the New Zealand capital, Wellington. Two Australian pilots whose tiny plane was intercepted by Indonesian fighter jets for air space incursions have left the country after a forced three-night stay.

Phuket World of Sport In a match that fizzed and sparkled, crackling with pace and fury, Real Madrid beat their historic rivals Barcelona 3-1. And few victories can have felt as satisfying as this. This was a seismic performance by West Ham to defeat Premier League champions Manchester City 2-1.

afp Roger Federer defied a 33-ace onslaught from Ivo Karlovic to reach his ninth straight final at the Swiss Indoors with a 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 victory.

Coming Events on Phuket 2014

November 1-3 Patong Carnival

November 6 Loy Kratong

November 14-23 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket

December 5 King's Birthday

December 10 Constitution Day

December 25 Christmas Day

December 26 10th Anniversary, 2004 Tsunami

December 31 New Year's Eve

Coming Events on Phuket 2015

February 13-15 Phuket Yacht Show


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The Thai health bureaucracy is pretty good and I am sure it will dwarf any Ebola outbreak here.

Posted by Lena on October 26, 2014 17:12

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