Saturday, December 15, 2018
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When Motorola announced it’s first flagship since becoming part of Google’s empire, it was to mixed response. But, if evleaks is right, as is often the case, then a forthcoming $100 price-drop could suddenly change a few minds. Currently, the customizable phone, that listens to your every word, will set you back $199 on your network of choice, so a drop to $100 on contract — reportedly just in time for Christmas — could see this rise up the gift lists. Oh, and those wooden covers? Our leaker claims will come with a $50 price tag, for those that want the natural look this winter.

BANGKOK, Aug 31 — Thailand will host the Third International Conference on Dengue and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever 2013 (Dengue 2013) in October, according to Minister of Public Health Pradit Sintavanarong.
Mr Pradit said the conference will be held October 21-23 at The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel in Bangkok. The theme of the conference is “Global Dengue: Challenges and Promises.”
Department of Disease Control Director-General Pornthep Siriwanarangsan said Thailand has successfully held two previous conferences — Chiang Mai in 2001 and Phuket in 2008 — and was chosen to organise the third gathering as well.
He said the conference will bring together leading scientists, clinicians, researchers, and scholars with a common interest and concern in the global situation of dengue, and will provide a venue for conference participants to exchange research findings, clinical experiences, encounter challenges and solutions in dengue treatment and control.
The goal of the conference is to enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration between delegates with different backgrounds and experience, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of neglected world population affected by dengue, one of the fastest growing health burdens the world is facing.
From January 1 to August 27, there were 109,468 dengue fever cases reported in Thailand, with 102 dying from the virus. The number were nearly three times the previous years which recorded only 36,587 patients during the comparable period when 37 patients died. (MCOT online news)
BANGKOK, Aug 31 – The Commerce Ministry reports that the latest tests on 220 rice samples from various provinces found no hazardous residues or chemical toxins.
Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Phuangrach said lab tests, conducted on packaged rice samples, found no phosphine, fungus or alpha toxin.
The volume of inorganic bromide residues, found in 130 samples, did not exceed the safety standard level of 50 milligrammes/kg, he said.
The rice samples were collected from Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakarn and Chachoengsao provinces from July 24.
Mr Yanyong said quality tests would continue in other provinces to ensure safety for consumers and test results would be sent to foreign importers to gain their trust and confidence in Thai rice.
Regarding the return of 3.2 tonnes of Thai rice from the US, the deputy minister said the lot was exported by Nakhon Luang Rice Trading to Best Food Service Incorporation in the US on October 25 last year and it was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The US importer complained about the odor of the rice.
The Thai Food and Drug Administration immediately checked the lot on its return and confirmed that the rice was free from chemical residues, he said.
The Thai seller and US buyer mutually agreed on the return of the rice and no penalty was levied against the Thai exporter, he said. (MCOT online news)
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Aug 31 — The Nakhon Si Thammarat rubber planters association has called on the government to hold fresh talks with protesting rubber and oil palm growers seeking measures to solve the current falling prices.
Somyos Raksawong, president of the Nakhon Si Thammarat rubber planters association, issued a statement today calling on the government to urgently hold new talks with the rubber protesters before the planned mass rally on Tuesday.
He said the demonstrating growers have acted in accordance with the Constitution.
However, there were attempts to tarnish the protesters, trying to tell the public that the protesters were the problem, he said.
The protesters only want government help due to the falling prices of their agricultural products, said Mr Somyos.
Rubber planters said they would hold simultaneous rallies on September 3 in the northeastern, northern, eastern, central and southern regions.
The government earlier held talks with the protesters and under the terms of the offer, the government stood firm that it could not intervene despite falling rubber prices but could help by a government subsidy of their fertilizer cost at Bt1,260 per rai and providing loans to investors in the rubber industry.
Some groups of farmers accepted the offers and will not join the rallies, particularly rubber growers in the northeastern provinces.
Meanwhile, opposition Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut denied an accusation by government politicians that Democrat MPs were behind the street protest in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
He said the protest was purely the plight of the rubber growers who were ignored by the government in solving the falling prices.
He urged the government to hold talks with Indonesia as a major rubber producer, and China and Japan–the major importers–to get better prices for the farmers. (MCOT online news)