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Thai gov’t warns against hoax message about Thai canned food contaminated with HIV

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A circulating text message saying canned food, particularly canned fruits, manufactured in Thailand are contaminated with HIV.

 

Rumors circulating through text messages and social media websites saying canned food, particularly canned fruits, manufactured in Thailand are contaminated with HIV, have caused confusion recently.

Thus, the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in Indonesia issued clarifications that the said message is definitely a hoax.

The embassy in Indonesia said agencies involved in Thai food industry have attested that the country’s food products are safe and certified according to international standards.

Meanwhile, the embassy in Malaysia said the message clearly aims to discredit Thai food exporters and Thai products altogether.

The Thai government appeals to recipients of the message not to share the false news any longer. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Works of Fil-Am designer featured in first Thai Silk Int’l Fashion Week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in the first Thai Silk International Fashion Week

Thousands of guests gathered at the Eden Zone ground floor of the Central World in Bangkok, Thailand to witness the first Thai Silk International Fashion Week.

The event which was participated by 24 countries, showcased Thai silk costumes designed and tailored by 59 international designers worn by former Miss Universe pageant competitors.

The program is part of the 8th celebration of the Silk: Thai Road To The World 2018 which aims to promote the elegance of Thai silk, the traditional art of weaving silk and to help sustain the livelihood of Thai silk farmers.

Among the works featured in the opening gala were that of Filipino-American international designer, Oliver Tolentino, who is known in the fashion world for dressing up Hollywood celebrities.

Tolentino said his creations for Thailand’s fashion week are made of Thai silk combined with the Philippines’ local fabric called piña to produce a modern yet timeless look.

“It’s so beautiful. ‘Pag nakita mo yung mga colors nila, they can create like different colors and very vibrant. I combined it with our local fabric na piña. It’s perfectly easy to combine. You will see it very modern, very wearable, classic and it’s timeless,” he said.

His works were presented on the ramp by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

“I’m so happy that Pia is here for me to help represent the Philippines in the international market,” Tolentino said.

Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2017 Christina Peiris, who also presented some Thai silk costumes during the opening day, expressed amazement over the event.

“The Thai Silk Fashion Week has been amazing. I usually don’t do runway in Sri Lanka so this was my first experience, and yeah, it’s been amazing,” she said.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon thanked all Filipinos for supporting the program.

“Maraming maraming salamat sa ating mga kababayan na nakarating po dito. Salamat sa inyong patuloy na pagtangkilik, sa suporta ng mga programa ng ating embahada,” she said.

The Thai Silk International Fashion Week will run until Tuesday (December 5). – Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News & Rescue

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LGBT+ activists in Thailand call for better marriage rights

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2018

 

 

LGBT + rights activists protesting in Bangkok, Thailand | REUTERS

Around 100 LGBT+ activists gathered in Bangkok on Thursday (November 29) to express concerns over discrimination in a law which will recognize “life partnership” between LGBT+ couples, marching in colorful costumes from Chulalongkorn University to outside a shopping mall in central Bangkok.

The demonstration also marked the 10th anniversary since Thai authorities officially started recognizing LGBT+ orientations as ‘diverse genders’. Before this, the official position deemed LGBT+ people mentally ill.

Thailand could become the first Asian country to legally recognize same-sex couples under a bill that would allow civil partnerships, but campaigners say it fails to address some major concerns of LGBT+ people.

Public consultations on the bill were held earlier this month and a revised version will go to the cabinet for approval by the end of the year, said a senior official at the government department handling the bill. It gives same-sex couples the right to register unions, as well as to property and inheritance, but does not recognize marriage between same-sex partners.

A largely conservative Buddhist society, Thailand has nonetheless built a reputation as a place with a relaxed attitude toward gender and sexual diversity. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1956, and authorities actively promote the country as an LGBT-friendly destination.

A survey of social attitudes toward sexual orientation and gender identity found two-thirds of respondents had no objection to same-sex unions, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Yet LGBT+ people face considerable discrimination and stigma, and the civil partnership bill stops short of granting key rights, say activists. — Reuters

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Thailand accepts ASEAN Chairmanship for 2019 , vows to ‘advance partnership for sustainability’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

 

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong formally hands over the ASEAN chairmanship to Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha during the closing ceremony of the 33rd Asean Summit on November 15, 2018.

 

SINGAPORE – The Chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was finally handed over by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha at the conclusion of the 33rd ASEAN Summit on Thursday (November 15).

In his closing remarks, the outgoing ASEAN Chair Prime Minister Lee thanked all ASEAN members and outside partners for the support towards Singapore’s vision of a resilient and innovative ASEAN.

He presented an infographic that reflects all the initiatives that ASEAN was able to established under Singapore’s leadership this year.

He called on all ASEAN members to maintain the spirit of unity and “continue to think regionally” despite individual and national interests.

“This is just the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for us. We are not and never will be done building and strengthening the ASEAN Community. We must continue to uphold the ASEAN friendship framework and engage our partners, keep our region open. We must be on the core of economic integration and pool our talents and resources to improve our people’s lives,” Prime Minister Lee said.

“Singapore has full confidence that Thailand as the incoming ASEAN chair will continue to take ASEAN forward and will uphold to continue working with the rest of the ASEAN family to fulfill our common goal – one vision, one identity, one community,” he added as he formally handed over the chairmanship to Thailand.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha in his acceptance speech vowed that: “Thailand will continue the good work on issues to which ASEAN has given priority in the past years.”

Specifically, PM Prayuth emphasized the ASEAN Smart Cities Network which aims at ensuring continuity and and sustainability in the ASEAN community.

He noted that since the establishment of ASEAN in 1967, it is commendable that the regional bloc has grown into becoming “a community and a region of peace and security” and has grown as the 6th largest economy in the world with roles recognized internationally.

He hopes that ASEAN will be able to grow to become the 4th largest economy in 2030.

The Thai prime minister acknowledges that there are a number of challenges ahead and so he encouraged all ASEAN member states to continue working in unity.

“All 10 countries must collaborate even more closely on the foundation of ASEAN unity on the principle of three M’s – mutual trust; mutual respect; and mutual benefit – to realize concrete deliverables and sustainability for ASEAN in all dimensions,” he said.

Before he ended his speech, the incoming Chair announced next year’s ASEAN theme which is “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.”

In accordance with the regional grouping’s rotating chairmanship, Singapore will again have its turn as host of the ASEAN in year 2028. – Marje Pelayo

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