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SIMILAN ISLANDS: Boat operators wanting to enter the Similan Islands Marine National Park before November 2 have been warned that they must get special permission first, or face action for contravening the National Parks Act of 1961. The warning was issued after two vessels were halted on Wednesday by Wittaya Hongwiangchan, who took over as the park’s Chief in May. First to be stopped was the MV Wicked Witch, operated by Sea King Divers. The company’s managing director, Alistair Beveridge, told the Gazette, “We were initially stopped from leaving Tab Lamu port [in Phang Nga] by K. Wittaya, who said that we could not go out, even though we had [paying] passengers on board. “He talked with my captain for an hour before finally letting the trip go ahead. But he said that this would be the last one allowed until November 2.” The junk June Hong Chian Lee, meanwhile, reached one of the dive sites in the Similans and had divers underwater when the National Park officers arrived and told the operators, Dive Inn Co., Ltd., that they too were contravening the 1961 Act. They were asked to convey the message to all other dive companies in Phuket. Kevan Thompson, manager of Phuket Scuba Club and spokesman for the Dive Operators Club of Thailand (DOCT), told the Gazette, “We’ve been running Similans dive trips year-round for the past two years. “The only time trips stopped was when the weather was so bad that it was too dangerous to go out there, usually in May and June. Even then, some boats still laid on dive trips. “No one has ever told us that we were not allowed to enter the park after this [May/June] period,” Mr Thompson said. Mr Beveridge said, “It’s been my understanding that all the islands were still open, though the office, shop, restaurant and other national park services were closed.” K. Wittaya explained, “We are aware that fishing and dive boats have been breaking the law by entering the park in the closed season, but we have only small cruisers that cannot go out to check during the monsoon. “Sometimes our officers on the island could see boats in the water, but they could not go out because of the bad weather. Radio communications are usually bad, too. K. Wittaya said that the ban on dive operators going to the Similans during the closed season is not total, but any who wish to go must first apply for entry at the National Park office at Tab Lamu port. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. “Of course, we do not want too many boats entering the Similans in the off-season. This is for safety reasons, and because this is the time for marine species to recover. “However, I agree that the matter has never really been clarified before, and this has led to misunderstandings. Because of that, I didn’t want to be too strict with the two boats found this week.” K. Wittaya suggested that dive operators wishing to enter the area before November 2 should contact his office at (076) 595045 for details of how to apply for entry. K. Wittaya will also attend the DOCT meeting to be held on October 7 in Patong.

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There was the original Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns back in April and May in 2020, then again just before Christmas and New Year when the new clusters emerged in Samut Sakhon and the eastern coastal provinces, Patong’s nightlife was quiet enough, almost non-existent.

Now when the restrictions are lifted, Nimz will take you through Phuket’s famous nightlife spot Bangla Road, Patong Beach and Phuket Town. It’s quiet, but there are still clubs open and operating and ready to welcome you.

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In a nightmarish scenario, a deceased Phuket expat’s body is stuck in a Thai hospital as his step‐daughter claims hospital administrators won’t release the body due to a passport mix‐up.

Gemma Swift, the step‐daughter of 75 year old David Donoghue, who died 2 weeks ago, says she is pleading with embassy staff in Thailand to resolve, what she says, is purely an administrative issue after Donoghue’s passport number at the hospital was from that of an expired one.

Donoghue’s current passport was on file with the British Embassy, but because it did not match what the hospital had, his body has remained at the hospital. Swift says it was something that could easily be corrected and the situation was “horrendous” for the family.

“The British Embassy over in Bangkok, they said that because [the number] was from his current passport, they were unable to change the letter. They have said that they won’t reissue a letter with the passport number that he’s got in the hospital with him.”

She said her family planned to arrange a funeral for him in Thailand, then bring his ashes back to the UK. As he retired to Phuket 15 years ago, her family would then take his ashes back to Thailand, as per his wishes, to scatter them.

However, none of his family members were able to travel to Thailand to be with Donoghue in his final days, as the mandatory 14 day quarantine period upon entering Thailand, would not have allowed them to see him.

“I thought this was a basic human right to be able to give somebody a funeral and I accept that there is always going to be red tape…but please just issue a letter and let us bring him home.”

She said before Covid-19, family members travelled often to Phuket to visit Donoghue, who once worked for the Thai tourist police. She says the entire ordeal has been heartbreaking as her family was unable to say goodbye.

“That on its own was heart breaking, and now to get this two weeks later, to find out we can’t give him a funeral, or get his ashes back, it’s just horrendous.”

“It’s like being on autopilot… once we know we have done everything we can, we can start the grieving process, but at the minute we can’t.”

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said they are assisting Donoghue’s family during the difficult time.

“Our staff are in contact with the local hospital and funeral director to help his family obtain the necessary paperwork to ensure his body is treated in line with their wishes.”

If the situation isn’t fixed, Donoghue’s body will join a mass cremation at the hospital.

SOURCE: BBC News

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In today’s Thailand News Today…. The island of Phuket has a firm plan to get its residents vaccinated leading up to an October opening for tourists, the Thai PM backs up his police over last Sunday’s protest violence and Thai Airway’s employee union criticises the changes to employee contracts.

But the plan must be approved by the national government by April, if the province wants to open tourism by October 1. Phuket has a resident population of around 300- 400,000 people.

Before you go rushing off to book your plane tickets we’d stress that this is another in a long list of proposals that have not come to fruition and we’d urge patience until the Government approves the plans.

Meanwhile the island has taken delivery of 4,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccinations started yesterday, with priority given to 1,500 healthcare workers and 500 “at-risk” officials exposed to Covid-19 patients.

On a broader note… Thailand’s Tourism Minister says he has asked the Public Health Ministry to approve a vaccine passport scheme aimed at reviving Thailand’s devastated tourism sector. According to the Minister, the government is looking to the World Health Organisation to issue a statement on vaccine passports before it makes a final decision on the matter.

The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended police action against protesters taking part in Sunday’s anti-government rally in Bangkok. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau used tear gas, a water cannon and rubber bullets in an effort to drive protesters back from the PM’s residence. The PM insists the actions were in line with international standards. He says that police did not violate the protesters’ rights.

Thai researchers are claiming that horseshoe bats are not responsible for transmitting the Covid virus to humans. A researcher with the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases-Health Science Centre, says that even though the bats have tested positive for a coronavirus, it is not the strain that is transmissible to humans, and it’s certainly not the virus that causes Covid-19.

As Thai Airways tries to sell new contracts and conditions to its remaining workforce, the labour union of the national carrier is challenging changes to the employment contracts, where Thai Airways employees are being asked to agree to changes as part of the bigger financial rehabilitation program.

But a union representative says the new contracts are unfair because it includes fewer leave days and shorter holidays. The union has filed a complaint with the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare.

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