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Calm reaction in Phuket to Bali horror

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PHUKET: Reactions in Phuket to Saturday’s horror in Kuta, Bali, have so far been measured, with tourists saying they plan to complete their vacations and travel companies, though worried, reporting business as usual. Maxine Pearson, 43, from London, told the Phuket Gazette, “It was sad, but it happens everywhere … it wouldn’t stop me from going to Bali, and it won’t stop me from staying in Thailand. And we don’t think it will make us go back to London any earlier.” Her companion, Steven Lee, 42, said, “It [the bomb] wasn’t aimed at foreigners as such – it was aimed at getting tourists to stop going there, so that the terrorists would be in a stronger bargaining position with the government.” Linda, 52, and Jim Vincent, 56, also from England, have visited Thailand three times. The couple said, “We feel really safe here. This time we are going to spend two weeks in Thailand. We have heard about the news, the bomb in Bali, so we are concerned about that because we actually plan to visit there after leaving Thailand.” Jeffrey Archer, 23, and Franziska Ghos, 29, from Switzerland, are first-time visitors to Thailand. They said, “We feel safe here. We heard about Bali but we are not worried about that because this is Thailand. It’s safe.” Aldo Caruso, 23, an Italian, who has spent the past two months in Thailand, confessed that he had not heard the news but said that, in any case, he feels safe in Thailand. Orachorn Saiseetong, Southern General Manager of SEA Tours Co, said, “Right now our customer [figures], both inbound and outbound, are still normal. There have been no cancellations so far. “However, I think it’s still too early to come to any conclusions. The situation may turn out to be good for Phuket, or it may be bad. We may see more tourists coming to Phuket, or it may be that tourists will stop traveling to this area for a while, as they did after September 11, when the numbers dropped by 25%.” Authorities and tourism figures in Phuket today rushed to reassure visitors that a bombing similar to the one that killed some 200 people in Bali’s Kuta entertainment district is extremely unlikely, but that extra measures are in any case being taken to boost visitors’ safety. Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi told the Gazette that he had already had discussions with the Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police and the superintendents of each police station in Phuket and had instructed them to beef up security, particularly in those areas most popular with tourists. “I plan to call another meeting with leaders in the entertainment business and managements of big department stores about how they can improve security. We will teach them how to check customers.” He added, “Phuket is safe for tourists and it is most unlikely that bad things will happen here, though we are making sure that we are not careless or complacent about the possibility.” Pattanapong Aikwanich, president of the Phuket Tourist Association (PTA), also discounted the likelihood of terrorist acts in Phuket, but admitted to being worried about the knock-on effect on tourism. “I don’t believe this represents an opportunity for Phuket. I think it will damage tourism across Southeast Asia. “September 11 had an effect on tourism in Phuket, though not too great an effect. But the latest terrorism in Bali will definitely affect us – 100%. Tourism is a very sensitive business; if people are not certain about safety they will not travel.” The PTA, he said, plans to write to members to ask for their help in keeping an eye on security in the entertainment areas and those areas popular with tourists. “I will discuss this with the Provincial Government so that the public and private sectors can work together. People can help by calling the police when they seen anyone behaving strangely. “Phuket has a lot of entertainment places and there are not enough police to look after them all, so local business people should help to take care of security themselves.”

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The second baby dugong ‘Yamil’ dies in Phuket

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The second young dugong, being cared for by vets at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, has died.

Yamil, the baby dugong stranded on a Krabi beach on July 1, died of “shock and cardiac arrest” last night (Thursday) after suffering indigestion and gastroparesis.

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources report that Yamil was sent from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to Vachira Hospital last evening for an endoscopy to observe its gastrointestinal tract, which was found to be full of sea grass – a dugong’s normal food.

“But the sea grass had obstructed Yamil’s gut, causing its digestive system to stop functioning. This resulted in a buildup of gas in the digestive system, leading to the rupture of blood vessels and infection.”

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari named the dugong ‘Yamil’ when he was moved from Krabi to Phuket for treatment and rehabilitation by marine vets. The animal was originally rescued by villagers from a Krabi beach where it washed up. His care has been sponsored by the Princess. Yamil, in the Yawi dialect, means “handsome young man of the sea”.

Last Friday night, baby dugong ‘Mariam’ died of shock while being treated in protected area near Koh Libong in Trang province.  Vets later found several pieces of plastic in its stomach.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket

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PHOTO: Inspections at the property in March this year – Kritsada Mueanhawong

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka has gone ahead and filed a long list of formal complaints over The Peaks Residences Condominium project being built in the hills above Kata Noi in Phuket.

The Palang Pracharat MP has also claimed to have had death threats made against him over his investigations and accusations over the condo’s land titles and ownership in recent weeks.

The MP filed an official complaint with the Department of Special Investigation chief in Bangkok this morning.

The complaint alleges that the Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham and the municipality “neglected their duties” by issuing permits to Kata Beach Co Ltd, the developer of the The Peaks Residences Condominium.

In February this year the Karon OrBorTor issued a construction permit for the project but in April municipal officials also sent a letter acknowledging the ongoing legal proceedings over the legitimacy of the land title, the NorSor 3 Kor Number 1863.

The complaint alleges that the project is being built on land with a NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title. The complainants allege that the legal land document would have had to have been presented to obtain building permits and construction to proceed. But they claim that, as the NorSor 3 Kor for that land was under consideration by the Administrative Court, a legal building permit could not be issued.

In August 2017, the Regional Administrative Court ruled that the NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title was invalid. Furthermore it determined that the land was “protected forest land”.

The DSI formally received the complaint documents this morning.

Meanwhile, the developer of The Peaks Residences Condominium, Manassanan Nararattanawee, the CEO of Kata Beach Co Ltd, maintains that the project’s paperwork is all “proper’ and that “everything is under the law”.

“Our company has already suspended construction to wait for the judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court.”

Officials from the Internal Security Operations Command inspected the property in March this year as the owners promised to ‘slow down’ construction. Read that story HERE.

Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket | News by The Thaiger

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Phuket marine vets report on the progress of dugong calf ‘Yamil’

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A veterinary team at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre has removed the remaining partially-digested sea grass from the 3 month old dugong calf Yamil’s stomach to prevent complications from possible infection.

The calf still suffers from excess stomach and intestinal gas, abnormal heart rhythms and occasional seizures.

X-ray results showed liquid food is still passing through Yamil’s digestive track, so veterinarians were removing the remaining sea grass from its stomach and would provide the marine mammal with liquid nutrients and minerals, as well as painkillers and antibiotics. Veterinarians say they are keeping a close watch on the young dugong.

The male baby dugong was found washed ashore on Krabi’s Bo Muang Beach on July 1 with abrasions on more than 50% of its body. It is currently in the care of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre until it is old enough and strong enough to be returned to the sea.

SOURCE: The Nation

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