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Dengue infects over 59,000, kills 69 in Thailand

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Accumulated wastewater, rubbish in Rim Bung Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand | CCTV via REUTERS

Thailand has seen over 59,000 patients infected with dengue fever, 69 of whom died from the disease, according to the figures given by the country’s health department in September.

In Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the latest number of dengue sufferers is 5,899 with five deaths. Two victims came from the slum of Rim Bung Makkasan, one of the most dengue-hit areas in the city.

The sanitary condition in Rim Bung Makkasan is so bad, with a large amount of rubbish piled up there, and smelly wastewater accumulated in low-lying areas, which provide a suitable environment for insects like mosquitoes to grow up in the rainy season, intensifying the epidemic situation here.

Most of the residents living in the shanties in Rim Bung Makkasan are migrant workers and their children and elder family members.

For Uraiphon, her son and grandson were both infected with dengue, and the disease claimed the life of her son days ago.

Uraiphon said there are about 200 people in the slum, some of whom suffered dengue, but now the situation is getting better.

“After my son died of dengue, no one more was diagnosed with the disease here,” said Uraiphon.

Now Bangkok’s disease control department has taken measures to hold back dengue from spreading by killing mosquitoes and eliminating accumulated water.

“The government dispatched workers like avenue leader and medical staffers to help us wipe out disease. The mosquitoes were reproduced from wastewater and rubbish. In recent days, the government is conducting us to work at the sanitary work. We cooperated with each other to make the environment better. We thank them very much,” said Somtawin, another resident in Rim Bung Makkasan

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne contagious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. After infected, the patients will have symptoms like fever, headache, and arthralgia. Now there has no efficient drug to fight against the disease.

In Thailand, the peak time of dengue breakout is the rainy season from July to September. The data from the Thai health department indicate that last year, 9,368 people in Bangkok were infected with Dengue, six of whom lost their lives. — Reuters

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Miss Universe 2018 contestants flaunt swimsuit, evening wear in last night’s preliminary competition

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018



Ms. Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray in swimsuit attire

The Miss Universe 2018 candidates had their last strut on stage before the much-awaited coronation night.

Each candidate flaunted her own style to capture the judges’ and audience’s heart at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani while wearing their swimsuit and evening gown.

Several of them successfully stood out among the other contestants including Ms. Universe Thailand, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Japan, India and, of course, the Philippines.

Everyone was awestruck when Catriona Gray perfectly executed a slow-mo turn during the swimsuit competition.

It was followed by a loud applause and cheers when she walked on stage with full confidence while wearing an Ibong Adarna-inspired evening gown.

Several of the audience members — Filipinos and foreigners alike— admired Catriona’s performance in the preliminary competition.

“She nailed it the lava walk, it’s explosion. Everyone was a big ‘wow’. One hundred percent Catriona for the win,” said Jem, Catriona’s fan from the USA.

“Every time she comes out in the stage, talagang may pasabog. It’s overwhelming her looks, her aura, her gown, her body composure. It’s perfectly executed,” said Mhagsy, a fan of Gray.

“She’s so perfect and professional,” said Thitaree Kasorn, Ms. Universe Thailand 2018 1st Runner-up.

Even the designer of Miss Sweden, Aviad Arik Herman expressed interest in designing a gown for Catriona.

“Absolutely! I have a very, very special idea for Ms. Philippines which I would love to bring to life. I would love to do Ms. Philippines next year maybe. Hopefully, maybe with your help for this channel,” said Miss Universe 2018 Sweden’s designer Aviad Arik Herman.

Meanwhile, Catriona’s boyfriend, Clint Bondad was very proud and supportive of Catriona during the preliminary competition.

“Si Catriona, ang ganda niya at ang galling niya din. Nakita niyo talaga na na-prepare ang katawan niya. Super fit, saktong-sakto,” said Bondad.

Our fellowmen in the Philippines also cheered for Catriona during her performance and she immediately become trending in social media.

Witness who will reign as Miss Universe 2018 in the coronation night on December 17 at 7:00 a.m. in Thailand in Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. — Kath Dumaraos | 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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