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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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    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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    Philippine Passport Holders, can enter Taiwan in 1 year even without visa

    by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    MANILA — Good news for Filipino citizens.  Starting  June 2017, Philippine passport holders may enter Taiwan even without visa.

    Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs or MOFA will begin a one-year trial period giving Filipinos a chance to enter Taiwan visa-free.

    The new policy will be effective from June 1, 2017 until July 31, 2018; allowing a 30-day stay in the country.

    Filipinos residing and working in Taiwan are delighted by this move.

    “It is good so that Filipinos may come here anytime. All they need is a passport. That will bring big savings since you don’t need to acquire a visa anymore which is quite expensive,” said Taiwan resident, Raquel Niu.

    OFW Christian Allonzo agrees, “That is good news for those who want to tour around Taiwan. There are many beautiful places here to visit.”

    Meanwhile, the 30-day visa exemption of Thailand and Brunei citizens has been extended while citizens of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam may avail of multiple visas.

    The new policy is part of Taiwan’s move to boost tourism following the “New Southbound Policy” initiated by President Tsai Ying Wen.

    It can be noted that in September 2016 Taiwan has relaxed its policy in giving Electronic Visa for Filipinos and other Asian citizens. The number of tourists in Taiwan has increased by almost fifty percent. —  Amiel Pascual | UNTV News & Rescue

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