Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 28th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 28th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 28th January 2013WORLD – Experts urge action on global obesity
Obesity has become a global pandemic that could leave more than half of all adults worldwide overweight within two decades, experts warn.

THAILAND – Fire at Grand Tower Inn leaves 1 dead, 11 injured
The Grand Tower Inn has been declared completely off-limits by the city after a raging inferno ripped through most floors yesterday, leaving one hotel worker dead and 11 people, including several foreigners, hospitalised with smoke inhalation. – Three candidates take their policies to the people
Three gubernatorial candidates yesterday met Bangkok voters to present policies they hope will win their votes in the March election. – Plurality of Bangkok voters to choose governor based on policy: Poll
A plurality of Bangkok voters will make their decision who to choose as Bangkok governor based on policies announced during election the campaign, while 17% plan to cast their ballots based on qualifications or party affiliation, according to Suan Dusit Poll. – Doing a slow burn
Authorities in the North are about to launch a campaign against the nine-province “burning culture” which will once again drop unhealthy haze in the region. – City, National govt must work together on flood prevention
There is no guarantee that Bangkok will not experience another flood like the 2011 disaster, given the threat of severe weather caused by climate change. Hence, water experts see the need for further preventive measures from the new Bangkok governor and closer collaboration with the national government to mitigate future negative impacts. – Legal changes aim to help homeless help themselves
People living on streets should no longer be invisible to public: Human Security Ministry
Nonexistent, an eyesore or a social problem? No matter how the homeless are labelled, under a new law they have become people society has to pay attention to. – Show of force
Ayutthaya has taken a proactive approach to reversed a rising crime rate – big men with military rifles and the Darth Vader look, to cow the criminals. – School mergers are necessary
The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) is standing by its plan to merge some small schools nationwide and says it will move students in these schools to bigger ones. – Skilled labourers see daily wages climb
Keep Moo Road day-labour market thriving; workers earning between Bt500-Bt900
While SMEs are crying over the blanket Bt300 wage, fierce competition in some industries and the scarcity of skilled workers is pushing the daily pay of some above Bt500.

ASIA – Two landslides strike Indonesia
At least 11 people die and several others are injured in two separate landslides in western Indonesia, officials say. – Flooding hits eastern Australia
Hundreds of homes are inundated and and several people reported missing as flood waters rise in the Australian state of Queensland. – Japan launches two intelligence satellites
Amid growing fears that North Korea is planning to test more rockets and conduct a nuclear test, Japan launched two intelligence satellites into orbit – Burma gets $952m in fresh loans
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank approve fresh loans for Burma to aid the social and economic development of the country. – India tests nuclear-capable missile
India has reportedly tested a medium-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile fired from an underwater platform. – North Korea warning follows nuclear threat
North Korea has warned of “substantial and high-profile important state measures”, days after announcing plans for a third nuclear test. – Suu Kyi ‘fond’ of army that detained her
Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi insists she remains “fond” of Myanmar’s army despite it holding her under house arrest for almost two decades.

UK – Man dies as thaw brings flooding
More than 80 flood warnings are in place across Britain as snow thaws, and a canoeist dies after being pulled from a swollen river in North Yorkshire. – Pension scheme closures speed up
The closure of private sector pension schemes accelerated in 2012, says the National Association of Pension Funds.

AFRICA – Morsi declares Egypt emergency
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi declares a state of emergency in the cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismalia after deadly rioting. – French-led troops target Timbuktu
French and Malian forces move on Timbuktu after recapturing other northern towns from rebels, as African states discuss sending more troops. – PNG Attorney-General wants death penalty
Papua New Guinea’s Attorney-General says he wants to reactivate the death penalty for aggravated crimes such as treason, murder and piracy. – Mozambique flood toll rises to 40
Floods in Mozambique have left at least 40 people dead, with more than 100,000 others forced to flee their homes. – Britons warned of Somaliland threat
Any British nationals in Somaliland should leave immediately because of “a specific threat to Westerners”, the UK Foreign Office has said.

EUROPE – Bus plunges into Portugal ravine
At least 10 people die and more than 30 are injured after a bus crashes from a rain-soaked road into a ravine in the eastern Portuguese town of Serta. – Berlusconi praises ‘good’ Mussolini
Italy’s gaffe-prone former premier Silvio Berlusconi stokes controversy by praising Benito Mussolini on Holocaust Memorial Day – despite Il Duce’s anti-Jewish laws.

LATIN AMERICA – Scores killed in Brazil club fire
At least 233 people die in a fire that swept through a nightclub in southern Brazil, police say, after a musician reportedly let off fireworks on stage. – Guns fired at Dominican party HQ
A meeting of the main opposition party in the Dominican Republic ends in chaos after shots are fired and six people are hurt.

MID-EAST – Elite troops shell Damascus suburb
Syrian regime forces stationed at Mazzeh military airbase shelled the embattled town of Daraya near Damascus, sources have reported. – Ariel Sharon ‘has brain activity’
Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has been in a coma for seven years, shows significant signs of brain activity, doctors say.

US – Obama praises departing Clinton
US President Barack Obama pays tribute to Hillary Clinton in a joint interview, as both dodge speculation about a presidential bid for Mrs Clinton in 2016. -US gun debate: Washington rally for more gun control
Thousands of people have rallied in Washington DC calling for stricter gun controls as they marched from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. – US gun control an uphill battle: senator
The US senator leading the push to restore an assault weapons ban has acknowledged the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress.


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