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Are you following the Flu Prevention tips from ASEAN?

I posted an article on ‘Swine Flu Prevention tips from ASEAN’and am wondering if anyone follows the instructions. I want to be a good citizen and tried to follow that but I am kind of irritated at the public toilets found in shopping malls. They put up signs on the mirror forcing us to read them, this is alright but the worst has yet to come! Their taps are not working. The purposed automatic taps do not dispense water and if they do, the water is so ‘weak’ and stops every 2 seconds. How can I do my washing in peace and how can my hands be clean????

Can someone do something to the water taps? This is an important step to prevent the out breaks further. Let’s be socially responsible guys!Mexico City
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Check out below. The numbers are increasing!

Quoted from Singapore Ministry of Health:

“Singapore has confirmed 82 new cases (701st cases to 783rd cases) of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) today, bringing the total tally to 783 confirmed cases. Investigations are on-going for the 97 new cases. Of the 57 cases investigated yesterday, there were 41 local cases and 16 imported cases. Fortunately so far, most cases of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) are mild and self-limiting. To date, 300 patients have fully recovered and the rest are recuperating.”

ASEAN Society is on Twitter!

by admin on July 1, 2009

in ASEAN, Blog

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We are now on Twitter. Check us out at www.twitter.com/aseansociety

See you.

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Containing the virus in US

by jason on June 20, 2009

in ASEAN, Blog

Containing the virus in US

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H1N1 cases in Asean and the rest of the world are increasing day by day and nothing seems to be able to stop the spread. Can we blame on US for not able to contain the virus? Why can’t they contain the travelers out of US in the first place? A friend of mine from US told me jokingly that the government dare not enforce such on their citizens, they are worried of law suits. Well you know, human rights.

Some thoughts after lunch…

Jason
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AirAsia or AirAsean?

by admin on June 5, 2009

in ASEAN, Blog

AirAsia or AirASEAN?

AirAsia, the leading budget airline in Asia has just included 68 flight attendants to its force. Their first group of ASEAN flight attendants includes 27 Malaysians, 22 Thais, 17 Myranmarese, three Indonesians and two Singaporeans.

Air Asia Boeing 737 at Bangkok Dom Muang Airport in 2004
Photo by Ian Fuller
They positioned themselves very well as the a ‘Asean’ Carrier. First the serve localized food onboard, then they replace the Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian flags on the planes of its three affiliated airlines with the Asean flag showing 10 paddy stalks. They have tapped on a new route of branding that most companies have not explicitly used. We heard much about Asean, but no private company has done what AirAsia is embarking on.

Their love for Asean is indeed something unique and will project Asean to the world in a better light. We support your efforts.

Will you be training pilots too? Good luck to Air “Asean”!

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I just read a new report from UNEP, Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2009. There many interesting points in this report worthing mentioning;

The report said that, in 2008, global investors spent about $250 billion building new power capacity. And it is for the first time that more than 50% of that money went to renewable sources. (in contrast to going to fossil fuels) This is a very good trend overall, althought renewable energy is still only accounted for 6.2 percent of total power sector capacity in 2008.

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Second, the report also highlighted that investment in developing countries had surged forward by 27 percent, and now accounted for nearly one third of global investments. This is definitely a positive sign especially for developing countries in Asia and ASEAN. It implies that energy for the growing economies in the region will increasingly come from clean sources. Report also said that China led new renewable energy investment in Asia. Japan and South Korea also earmarked multi-billion investments in clean energy, including smart grids, under the bannen of a global ‘green new deal’.

What does this mean for ASEAN then? Broadly, I think it means we will have new leaders in the neighboring region on renewable energy, who we can cooperate with. It means, in the near future, we may have investors from China and Korea who invest in renewable energy plants in Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore. Or our own investors may see the new market in the region and start more significant investment by themselves. ASEAN close ties with China, Japan or Korea, where the Korean-ASEAN summit just ended, should also mean that we can learn from them. Technology trasfer can also be expected from our neighbors, like China, not only from the EU or US . These are all healthy signs.

At the end, the UNEP commented that the biggest stimulus to clean energy investment would be agreement among nations at a meeting in Copenhagen in Denmark in December, aimed at creating a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol. So I hope that will actually happen. Because a deal at Copenhagen will bring certainty to the carbon markets, one that can truly unleash transformative investments in clean green energy in Asia. I really hope it happens.

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ASEAN should axe off Myanmar and release Aung San Suu Kyi

ASEAN has once again failed to make Myanmar more democratic and seriously, the nation chiefs should think about removing Myanmar off Asean giving the current Aung San Suu Kyi’s saga

Myanmar is the talking point once again, I still remember how they violently dealt with the monk back in 2006, Burma’s political prisoners and again on human rights issues with the cyclone nargis. And now Aung San Suu Kyi. They are simply unstoppable.

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How can the Asean tolerate this? Myanmar’s membership has been controversial since day one with objections from EU, US and the members within. Their doings are unfair and totally injustice. Oh yes, generals rule the country, how fair can it get.

I shall not write more on why Aung Sann Suu Kyi is on trial. You can read them off the other news media.

Myanmar has clearly violated the Asean Charter. A document where they have signed and agreed to.

Article 1(7): “To strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

Article 2(2): “Respect for fundamental freedoms, the promotion and protection of human rights, and the promotion of social justice”.

Article 5(2): “Member States shall take all necessary measures, including the enactment of appropriate domestic legislation, to effectively implement the provisions of this Charter and to comply with all obligations of membership.”

Is the charter a joke?

I wish Asean can do more to stop these nonsense

Lina
www.asean-society.org

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ASEAN Summit postpones once again

by admin on May 14, 2009

in ASEAN, Blog

Nice prediction Lina.

The ASEAN summit is delayed once again. They have planned this meeting to be held in late October instead. With this, they missed another opportunity for leaders of half the world’s population to discuss responses to the global financial crisis and also on combating the H1N1 flu virus.14th ASEAN SUMMIT
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Hope they can find some other opportunities to meet. Perhaps in Singapore?

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ASEAN Plus Three Summit and Related Summits will be held in Thailand, Phuket from 13 to 14 June 2009. But is this going to happen? Personally I think the summit will be postponed again and even this is going to happen, I think its not safe to go there during this period of time.Phuket, Thailand
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Firstly, there are 2 confirm cases of Swine Flu in Thailand. There could be more. Will they increase the alert level?

Secondly, will the red shirts anti-government group whose rally led to the cancellation of ASEAN summits in mid-April create chaos again? I notice that in a recent article (http://www.asean-society.org/asean/thai-red-shirts-promise-not-to-disturb-resumed-asean-summits-thailandnewsnet/), they promise not to disturb the summit this time round. But can we take their words for it this time?

From my own perceptive, I think its not safe. If this is so safe, why did Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban gave a green light to Asian leaders to bring their own armed bodyguards summit. Just for precaution? Something to ponder.

In any case, I think travelers got to be careful when they are traveling to Phuket this June.

- Lina
www.asean-society.org

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