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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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Philippine Navy contingent departs for a regional maritime security collaboration in Thailand

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017

A Philippine Navy contingent began to sail to Thailand, Wednesday, to participate in the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations Multilateral Naval Exercise (AMNEX) to be held in Thailand from the 13th to 22nd of November.

“This is very historical. We are involving our naval reservists, the rescue recon group, as part of the contingent,” Fleet-Marine Ready Force commander, Commodore Albert Mogol said.

The AM-NEX 2017 will be held simultaneously with the 50th ASEAN founding anniversary and the 11th ASEAN Navy Chief’s Meeting.

Commodore Albert Mogol is part of the Philippine Navy Contingent.

Mogol believes the naval exercises will greatly help in further improving the relationship of the Philippines with its Southeast Asian neighbors.

“Through naval diplomacy, we can do more to ease the tension within the region and have cooperation among our ASEAN neighbors,” Mogol said.

Aside from the 10 ASEAN countries, also participating in the naval drill are other non-Southeast Asian nations such as Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka and the United States.

By joining AMNEX, the Philippine Navy aims to expand its ties with its counterparts for possible humanitarian assistance and disasater response operations.

Margarita Paredes, who lives in the province of Cavite, escorted her grandchild earlier who is among the students chosen to participate in the naval drill.

Margarita said she feels happy and sad with the travel of her 23-yr old grand daughter.

“She should take care of herself, especially her health. And I pray she returns to us in good shape,” Paredes said.

The Philippine Navy contingent is expected to dock in Thailand on the 13th of November and is expected to return home on the 28th of the same month. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Watchdogs! The strays trying to keep Thai streets safe

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Meet the four-legged furry friends chosen to test run a prototype ‘smart vest’ which could turn stray dogs into heroes by spotting potentially unfriendly strangers and other dangers within a community.

“Our philosophy at work is to show how creativity and technology can be used together to help solve problems for the people or society,” said Satit Jantawiwat, chief creative officer at Chiel.

A hidden camera is attached to the collar of a dog’s vest and activated when its sensors detect aggressive barking noises, sending a live streaming video of what the dog saw in front of them to a central location.

The Phuket-base Soi Dog Foundation, a group formed over a decade ago to save street dogs and cats in Thailand, welcomed the initiative but deemed the vests to be in an early ‘trial and error’ stage.

“It’s too early a stage to actually say how practical the vests are. We really don’t know how they’re going to work. So, it’s going to be trial and error. We’re also going to be on a steep learning curve at the start and then we will iron out differences as we move forward,” said Soi Dog Foundation managing director Martin Turner.

The project began in March 2017 and the Cheil company said there will be more development before the project is introduced for a full trial run in the community. — Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News  & Rescue

 

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National Food Authority to import 250,000 MT of rice amounting to P5.6B

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, July 7th, 2017

 

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MANILA, Philippines — The government is set to import a total of 250 thousand metric tons of rice amounting to P5.6 billion.

The National Food Authority (NFA) has now opened the bidding process to private exporters here and abroad because the NFA council has  approved the “government to private” importation scheme.

Common foreign bidders include Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Pakistan.

“The council said having more bidders will make the process more competitive,” NFA spokesperson Mayette Ablaza said.

Rice should be well milled rice or 25% broken long grain white rice, just like the kind of rice the NFA is selling in the market for P32 pesos a kilo.

120,000 metric tons of imported rice are expected to arrive in August while the remaining 130,000 metric tons are expected in September.

NFA’s buffer stock for the month of July should be enough for 30 days. However, it holds only enough for 6 days.

The NFA council leaves other importation process to the private sector.

Nevertheless, NFA assured it can supply rice to any part of the country in the event of a tropical cyclone or other calamities.

“Kung kailangan na bawasan ang allocation ng mga retailer’s ay babawasan yun dahil ang prayoridad ng NFA yung food security in times of calamities and emergencies,” NFA Spokesperson Mayette Ablaza said. (We will reduce the allocation for the retailers when necessary because NFA prioritizes food security in times of calamities and emergencies.) —  Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

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