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Boxing title fight to raise funds for Phuket sea turtle research

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PHUKET: A World Boxing Organization (WBO) title fight will take place at Nai Yang Beach next month to raise funds for sea turtle preservation projects in Phuket and other provinces along the Andaman coast.

Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha, Government Spokesman Prompong Nopparit and other dignitaries announced the five-bout card that will take place in Sakoo on July 6.

The two-hour event will be televised nationally on Thai TV Channel 7 starting at 3pm.

The main event will pit renowned Thai boxer Pungluang Sor Singyu (41-1-0) in a WBO Oriental Bantamweight (118lb) title defense against Filipino journeyman Rey Migreno (16-20-3).

It will not be the first time the two have squared off in the ring. Pungluang Sor Singyu (real name Panya Utok) easily defeated the Filipino in a unanimous decision the last time they fought, just last month in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Phuket Gazette boxing contributor Scott Mallon said the result should not be taken as a foregone conclusion. Migreno is a somewhat inconsistent performer who is capable of bouncing back from defeat, he said.

The event, to be held on a specially-constructed ring at Nai Yang Beach from 3 to 5pm, is expected to raise 3 million baht. Admission, however, is free.

Proceeds are to go to several organizations running sea turtle preservation projects, including the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC).

“According to research, the reduction in the sea turtle population and subsequent decrease in nesting activity is caused primarily by commercial fishing practices,” explained Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, who heads the PMBC’s Marine Endangered Species Unit.

Traditionally, from 5,000 to 10,000 sea turtles once nested at sites on Andaman beaches. That number has now dwindled to just a few hundred. The trend indicates that sea turtles, many species of which are already listed as “highly endangered”, could be on the way to total extinction in local waters.

The PMBC plans to use the proceeds it receives from the event to expand its satellite tracking project, in which microchips are affixed to the turtles’ shells as a way of tracking their movements.

“Through this we will gain useful information to aid our preservation project,” Mr Kongkiat said.

“We have one 60-year-old female turtle named Mae Sri Nuan that has been wearing a chip for about three months now. We want to implant more turtles with chips, at a cost of about 5,500 baht per turtle,” he said.

The boxing event undercard is as follows:

Kwanchai 13 Coins Express v Phaitong Seuangsima (112lb)
Bualuang Kiattisombat v Singthong Kor Sonthong (126lb)
Buangen Kiattisombat v Nongbua Mor Burapha (112lb)
Buakaew Kiattisombat v Napaphon Superchamp (105lb)

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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