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PHUKET: Young musicians from nine Southeast Asian countries have been attending a week-long music camp in Phuket.

Altogether, 243 students aged between 14 and 25 took part in the “Sayowe” camp. Sixty of the students are from Thailand.

They are due to show off the results of their studies at concerts tomorrow night and Saturday at the Thai Cultural Centre in Bangkok. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Pradit Sillapabanleng.

During their week of rehearsals at the Cape Panwa Hotel, the students received training from professional musicians, conductors and music teachers from Europe, Japan, the US and Russia.

The music camp was part of a government attempt to develop classical music in Thailand and to establish a symphony orchestra and wind ensemble for young Southeast Asian musicians.

This first camp was held last year in Cha’am, and organisers received 500 applications from young musicians keen to join this year’s.

The Executive Director of Sayowe Project and Director of Mahidol University College of Music, Dr Sugree Charoensook, told the Gazette, “It’s wonderful for young people to come and play music, and also have a good time together.”

Thai Pianist Phuttaraksa Kamnirdratana, 19, told the Gazette that competition was so keen for places at this year’s camp that participants had to audition.

She said, “I have played piano since I was four years old. I have gained a lot from sharing a week of rehearsals with young people from various countries. The conductors and other teachers have been great, too.”

Clarinettist Trankhanh Quang, one of 23 Vietnamese young people at the camp, described the experience as “interesting and excellent… very useful for musicians”.

Bassoonist Do Thanh Nam said, “The Thai people are very friendly, as is everyone at Sayowe.”

This was violinist Thet Su Oo’s second Sayowe camp, although last year she was in the wind ensemble rather than the orchestra, which she is playing in this year.

One of three young people from Burma attending the camp, the 25-year-old said, “This orchestra is very good. Every teacher explains everything patiently and all the staff work very hard together to try to make us perform better.”

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO | The Thaiger

Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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French man and two others killed in Rawai motorbike accident, Phuket

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French man and two others killed in Rawai motorbike accident, Phuket | The Thaiger

Three people have died and another sustained serious injuries following the collision of two motorbikes in Rawai early yesterday morning (Tuesday).

The accident happened on Viset Road in front of a public health centre at 1.30am.

The Honda Wave motorbike driver was 37 years old Siripong Mulikkabut. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Vachira Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet. His passenger, 35 year old Warunee Hosakun, died at the scene.

The driver of a white Ducati model big bike was 48 year old French man Philippe Menduni. He died at the scene.

His passenger 44 years old Pannee Pongkan sustained serious injuries was taken to Vachira Hospital. Witnesses at the scene say she was five months pregnant.

Police say the Honda motorbike driver was heading towards Chalong Circle. When he arrived at the scene, the Ducati Bigbike came from behind and collided into the back of the Honda motorbike.

Police are continuing their investigation. Police also report that none of the riders were wearing helmets.

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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin | The Thaiger

UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin | News by The Thaiger

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