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PHANG NGA: One person has been hospitalized with suspected avian ‘flu in Phang Nga and tens of thousands of chickens and ducks are set to be slaughtered in the coming few days after an outbreak was confirmed on a farm in Takuapa District yesterday afternoon. Speaking to the Gazette today, Pairat Dejsiri, Assistant Chief of Phang Nga Provincial Livestock Office (PNPLO), confirmed that chickens on a farm in Takuapa had been found to have died from the H5N1 virus. K. Pairat said that the suspected human victim of the potentially deadly disease was under careful observation and that it had yet to be confirmed whether this was a case of avian ‘flu. He noted, however, “This person had nothing to do with live chickens.” He explained that, a few days ago, a chicken farmer had found about 20 of his ducks and 15 chickens had died. He reported the deaths to the PNPLO and the corpses were taken to the Southern Veterinary Research and Development Center (SVRDC), which confirmed the presence of the virus yesterday at 4:30 pm. “We immediately reported this to the governor of the province and we declared Takuapa District a bird ‘flu danger zone. All chickens within a radius of five kilometers of the farm were ordered to be slaughtered. “We have already killed 13,052 chickens and ducks from three farms in Tambon Bang Nai Sri and we expect to have to kill between 70,000 and 90,000 more in the district within the week. We have asked for help from the Royal Thai Navy at the Tab Lamu base,” K. Pairat added. He said that Phang Nga Governor Samacha Potaworn had explained to local chicken farmers the necessity for the slaughter and had reassured them that, because their farms were in a declared danger zone, they would receive government compensation for the slaughtered birds. “We have set up checkpoints to prevent fowl from being moved in or out of the danger zone,” he added. Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura ordered a ban on all imports of chickens, ducks and eggs into Phuket three days ago, before the Phang Nga outbreak was discovered, and it is hoped that, Phuket being an island, the disease can be kept at bay. Sunart Wongchawalit, the Chief of the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office (PPLO), told the Gazette today that the PPLO continues a program of frequent random checks on the island’s poultry farms. “We are doing random checks on every place that has chickens – even the zoo and places where people keep fighting cocks. Tonight we will check Phuket FantaSea. So far, I can say with confidence that there is absolutely no sign of bird ‘flu in Phuket. “Our controls are the strictest in Thailand. Even those drivers who have paperwork to show that the chickens they are transporting are free of disease are being turned away [at Tah Chat Chai checkpoint],” he said. “We have enough eggs and chicken meat to last maybe one or two months, assuming that the island’s average consumption of 15,000 birds a day is maintained. But in fact, demand is falling, so stocks may last longer. “I believe we have to be very strict in our controls – that’s the only way we can be completely safe. The officers working to control the situation must be strict and honest.” He admitted, however, “I am worried that some people may try to smuggle poultry by boat. From Phang Nga it’s easy to enter Phuket by sea.” Whether smuggling of poultry would be a profitable venture is doubtful. An ad hoc survey of restaurants by the Gazette revealed that many have taken chicken and duck off the menu after kitchen staff refused to handle poultry. In those restaurants that are still offering poultry, few diners are tempted. Asked about the possible impact of the Phang Nga outbreak on tourism in Phuket, Napasorn Kakai, the Deputy Director of the local TAT Office, told the Gazette, “This is not something we can comment on – it’s not a tourism-related matter. It’s a matter for the Provincial Health Office.”



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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