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I saw a Tops and a 7-Eleven being restocked yesterday with rice, cooking oil and instant noodles (no water or beer). As soon as the staff put something out on the shelves, it would be grabbed and bought. I've been to Tops twice now and come home with almost nothing. Had brunch at my favourite little restaurant yesterday. The owner showed me the trays of eggs they had just bought - 10 baht an egg wholesale. Ouch. That's one reason meal prices have gone up.

 

 

 

 

 

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Get ready for some HUGE inflation in LOS!

 

Food, building materials, etc will soar in price, IMO.

 

Jusco on Soi 71 was fully stocked with bottled water, milk, rice, etc. Big C and Tesco Lotus still have bare shelves...me thinks that when Big C and Tesco Lotus get around to restock, they will increase their prices like crazy!!!

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I've seen it already. And of course, once it goes up ... it never comes down again. :(

 

Street vendors are charging 5 to 10 baht more, which I can understand. But with groceries and 7-Elevens it's just gouging.

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But not to worry, the government has the situation well in hand! Thank God, they have their priorities right. :applause:

 

 

 

 

Talks coming on more minimum wage rises

 

 

Labour Minister Chalermchai Srion will tomorrow start discussions with the Federation of Thai Industries and employee associations over the Democrat Party's election promise to raise minimum wages by 25 per cent within two years.

 

According to Democrat Party spokesman Buranat Samutarak, raising minimum wages is one of two major policies for the upcoming election to help the poor cope with the increasing cost of living. On the other hand, farmers' income will also be raised by the same amount.

 

"We will launch the policies soon through TV commercials and radio spots until the election takes place," he said.

 

The latest rises in minimum wages, by Bt8Bt11 per day depending on the province, took place in January and drew criticism from manufacturers.

 

Meanwhile, Labour Ministry permanent secretary Somkiat Chayasriwong, as chairman of the Central Wage Committee, noted that the planned increase was just an election-campaign promise of the Democrat Party. He also believed other parties would follow suit, however.

 

He said provincial subcommittees had been assigned to collect data on the cost of living in each province and submit the data within two months.

 

If the cost of living in any province shows significant increases, the issue will be tabled at the committee's meeting for immediate discussion. Without such signs, the issue will be discussed at the end of the year, as usual.

 

The Nation

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Froc to investigate hoarding accusation

 

 

Chamroen Yuttithamsakun, the PM's Office inspector-general in charge of approving the distribution of donated goods to flood victims, will be called to clarify suspicions over alleged hoarding of donated items by the the Flood Relief Operations Command.

 

Froc director Pracha Promnok promised to immediately summon Mr Chamroen to clarify the issue after a video clip surfaced on the internet which showed a large number of donated items left unattended in Cargo Building 1 of Don Mueng Airport. Clothing, water bottles and other equipment, including boats and mobile toilets donated by the Japanese government, had been left there after Froc relocated to the Energy Complex of the Energy Ministry to escape flooding.

 

The video raised doubts among internet users about hoarding by Froc officials. They also slammed the agency for delaying the delivery of relief supplies while many flood victims are in dire need of help.

 

Mr Chamroen said he was assigned to oveersee the transport and distribution of donated relief items in the form of clothing, household utensils and relief bags only.

 

Large items such as floating toilets, boats and rafts provided by the private sector and charity organisations were under the supervision of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPM), not him, he said.

 

He said the clothes shown in the video clip were waiting to be sent to Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy for laundering.

 

A source at Froc who declined to be named said it had been proposed earlier that all donated items should be marked with the "Froc" logo so that they could not be exploited by politicians.

 

However, the proposal was ignored, leaving room for some politicians to falsely claim the goods were provided by them, the source said without elaborating.

 

The source said some MPs were able to obtain the donated items freely, while Froc officials themselves had to go through red tape before they could remove the goods for delivery.

 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said some of the donated items had been brought from Don Mueang Airport to the National Stadium.

 

Some flood victims at the old airport were insistent on remaining at the shelter there because their homes are in the Don Muang area.

 

She said the release of donated items was monitored by a committee which ensured the process was above board.

 

The prime minister maintained the government had not hoarded donations as accused.

 

PM's Office Minister Krissana Seehalak also said donated goods stored at Don Mueang Airport had been moved to the National Stadium. They are ready to be distributed to flood victims.

 

The transfer of the items was also confirmed by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

 

Department chief Pibul Sanguanpong said the donated items, including water pumps had been sent to flooded areas and that the department kept records of where donated boats had been distributed.

 

Bangkok Post

 

 

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Froc to investigate hoarding accusation

 

 

Chamroen Yuttithamsakun, the PM's Office inspector-general in charge of approving the distribution of donated goods to flood victims, will be called to clarify suspicions over alleged hoarding of donated items by the the Flood Relief Operations Command.

Froc director Pracha Promnok promised to immediately summon Mr Chamroen to clarify the issue after a video clip surfaced on the internet which showed a large number of donated items left unattended in Cargo Building 1 of Don Muang Airport. Clothing, water bottles and other equipment, including boats and mobile toilets donated by the Japanese government, had been left there after Froc relocated to the Energy Complex of the Energy Ministry to escape flooding.

 

The video raised doubts among internet users about hoarding by Froc officials. They also slammed the agency for delaying the delivery of relief supplies while many flood victims are in dire need of help.

 

Mr Chamroen said he was assigned to oveersee the transport and distribution of donated relief items in the form of clothing, household utensils and relief bags only.

 

Large items such as floating toilets, boats and rafts provided by the private sector and charity organisations were under the supervision of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPM), not him, he said.

 

He said the clothes shown in the video clip were waiting to be sent to Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy for laundering.

 

A source at Froc who declined to be named said it had been proposed earlier that all donated items should be marked with the "Froc" logo so that they could not be exploited by politicians.

 

However, the proposal was ignored, leaving room for some politicians to falsely claim the goods were provided by them, the source said without elaborating.

 

The source said some MPs were able to obtain the donated items freely, while Froc officials themselves had to go through red tape before they could remove the goods for delivery.

 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said some of the donated items had been brought from Don Muang Airport to the National Stadium.

 

Some flood victims at the old airport were insistent on remaining at the shelter there because their homes are in the Don Muang area.

 

She said the release of donated items was monitored by a committee which ensured the process was above board.

 

The prime minister maintained the government had not hoarded donations as accused.

 

PM's Office Minister Krissana Seehalak also said donated goods stored at Don Muang Airport had been moved to the National Stadium. They are ready to be distributed to flood victims.

 

The transfer of the items was also confirmed by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

 

Department chief Pibul Sanguanpong said the donated items, including water pumps had been sent to flooded areas and that the department kept records of where donated boats had been distributed.

 

Bangkok Post

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I've been using the water dispensing machine for the last 6-years and never a problem.

I've 5 of the 6-liter commercial water bottles and refill them as needed.

 

OTOH, I'd previously traveled all over Mexico. Eaten and drank at many small local places and never had Montezuma's Revenge! :-)

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Hi,

 

My wife just boiled some (filtered) tap water and afterwards there was a thin film of something on top of the water. Not sure what it was, but we'll stick to bottled water & pepsi for the time being.

 

Sanuk!

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Hi,

 

My wife just boiled some (filtered) tap water and afterwards there was a thin film of something on top of the water. Not sure what it was, but we'll stick to bottled water & pepsi for the time being.

 

Sanuk!

 

I don't know if this affects you, but it doesn't look good:

 

 

Test shows 'very deteriorated' water quality

The Nation November 1, 2011 3:07 am

The flood coursing through the Waterworks Canal in Bangkok's Bang Sue district has been shown to be among the filthiest in the country.

 

Worasart Apaipong, deputy director-general of the Pollution Control Department, said yesterday that the water quality at the canal in front of the Bang Sue District Office was very deteriorated, with 1.3 milligrams per litre of dissolved oxygen (DO).

 

Citing a report by the operations centre for pollution mitigation in flood-affected areas, Worasart said officials had measured the water quality at 25 flooded areas nationwide and found 32 per cent were "very deteriorated", 40 per cent "deteriorated", 4 per cent "fair" and 24 per cent "good".

 

In Sing Buri, tambon Ton Pho in Muang district and tambon Hua Pa in Phromburi district reported the DO level at 0.0-1.0mg/L, while Suphan Buri's Bang Pla Ma district reported 1.6-5mg/L.

 

In Lop Buri's Muang district, tambon Patan had 1.3mg/L of DO, while Ayutthaya's Lat Bua Luang, Phak Hai and Bang Sai districts were reported at 2.0-4.8mg/L. Nonthaburi's Pak Kret district was reported at 1.6mg/L.

 

From October 27-31, 190 water-pollution complaints were filed through the 1111 flood hotline and the 1650 department hotline.

 

Officials had given Effective Micro-organism (EM) liquid as an initial solution to 59 people while contacting other agencies for the rest. So far, 25,004 litres of EM and 40,000 EM balls have been sent to assist flood victims, while 85,000 litres and 11,200 balls were held in reserve.

 

Officials have also responded to 43 complaints of garbage or chemical leakage, including engine oil, in Nonthaburi's Pak Kret district and chemical fertiliser in Pathum Thani's Thanyaburi district, Worasart said.

 

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Test-shows-very-deteriorated-water-quality-30168955.html

 

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