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05 May 2016 description
  • As of 4 May 2016, 57 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 44 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

  • Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

  • 44 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

05 May 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.

05 May 2016 description

By Paul P.S. Teng

Synopsis

The world is experiencing a situation of slower economic growth and lower commodity prices translated into relatively lower Food Price Indices for many countries. This “new norm” benefits urban consumers but poses potential problems for agribusiness and rural producers, since, inter alia, it discourages them to invest. Will this “new norm” last? Or will it prove a “false dawn”?

Commentary

04 May 2016 description

April in Southeast Asia is usually a hot month, following the cool, dry season and preceding the monsoon season. But April 2016 was not your typical April. Throughout the month, ground-based measurements of air temperatures soared above average; one location in Thailand even broke the national record.

03 May 2016 description

As a non­signatory country of the 1951 Geneva Convention, Thailand does not recognize the status of refugees, and the political unrest in the country only served to exacerbate the restrictions placed on immigration. Employment is forbidden for refugees and asylum seekers, and law enforcement is tasked to track down and detain any and all illegal residents they find.

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description
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Post-rain humidity ideal to seed clouds

2 May 2016 at 04:30 NEWSPAPER SECTION: NEWS | WRITER: POST REPORTERS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to produce artificial rain to ensure there is sufficient water in the dams for tap water production.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that Royal Rain Making Operations Centres nationwide are preparing rainmaking operations in response to Gen Prayut's directive. He did not elaborate on when operations will start.

29 Apr 2016 description

Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.

29 Apr 2016 description
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Seasonal thunderstorms and hail continued to batter the North and Northeast over the past 24 hours, with blustery winds toppling more than 30 utility poles and damaging numerous houses in hard-hit Bung Kan province.

Traffic in downtown Bung Kan was paralysed for several hours as a fierce squall uprooted large trees and billboards, blocking several roads.

Shops, banks, petrol stations and 7-Eleven outlets in Muang district closed on Friday after a storm pounded several areas downtown and in nearby districts at about 2.30am today.

29 Apr 2016 description

Temerloh, Malaysia | Friday 4/29/2016 - 03:16 GMT

By Satish Cheney

Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.

28 Apr 2016 description

ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME

 As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

 Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

28 Apr 2016 description

The deputy-governor of Thailand’s Tak Province said preparations are underway to repatriate more than 100,000 refugees living in camps along the Thai-Burmese border.

Speaking to reporters at the end of a meeting relating to refugee issues, Tak Deputy-Governor Suttha Saivanid said the Thai government has been taking steps to repatriate the refugees since a new government took office in Burma earlier this month.

The governments of the two countries, together with the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, are set to brainstorm a road map for the repatriation, he said.

25 Apr 2016 description

THAILAND

  • 72 districts in 21 Provinces in the north and northeast of Thailand experienced heavy storm during the week. The affected provinces included Chiang Rai, Loei, Chaiyapoom and Mukdahan Provinces. Based on the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), about 2,600 houses were damaged in by the incident.

INDONESIA

  • Flood submerged many areas in Karawang, West Java Province. Nearly 4,000 people were affect.

25 Apr 2016 description
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Donors urged to go to Thai Red Cross

The Ministry of Interior has ordered provincial governors and local administrative agencies not to receive money donated by the private sector and public to help victims of summer storms which have battered provinces in the North and Northeast, as it could violate the law.

Interior permanent secretary Kritsada Boonrat warned local administrative organisations Sunday against receiving the donations themselves, which could lead to problems.

22 Apr 2016 description

GENEVA (22 April 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday expressed growing concern about the military’s deepening role in Thailand’s civilian administration, as well as tight curbs on dissent, as the Kingdom prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution. High Commissioner Zeid said that several critics of the draft Constitution have already been arbitrarily arrested, detained and harassed since the draft was made public at the end of March.

22 Apr 2016 description

Following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the Republic of Ecuador on 16 April 2016 which caused immense losses of lives, injuries and extensive destruction to the country’s properties and infrastructure system, and H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister sent a message of condolences to H.E. Mr. Rafael Correa, President of the Republic of Ecuador, while H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, sent a message of condolences to H.E. Mr. Guillaume Long, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of the Republic of Ecuador.

22 Apr 2016 description

The study, titled Tradition- & Faith-Oriented Insider Mediators (TFIMs) in Conflict Transformation – Potential, Constraints, & Opportunities for Collaborative Support, launched this week in New York, conceptualises and contextualises a specific set of religious and traditional peacemakers as tradition- and faith-oriented insider mediators (TFIMs). The study considers their peace mediation roles, their potential and the constraints under which they work, and reflects on the opportunities for collaborative support that links various actors within conflict contexts.

21 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

From 1 January 2007 to 20 April 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 66 countries and territories.

Mosquito-borne transmission:

  • 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 17 countries have reported evidence of Zika virus transmission prior to 2015, with or without ongoing transmission or have reported an outbreak since 2015 that is now over.

21 Apr 2016 description

Following the recent earthquakes on 14 and 16 April 2016 in Kyushu, Japan, which caused tremendous loss of lives and devastation to the Japanese people, for which H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, on behalf of the Thai people, sent a message of condolences to the Japanese Prime Minister and to the people of Japan.