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PHUKET CITY:Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura has urged the Phuket Irrigation Office (PIO) and the Phuket Waterworks Office (PWO) to ensure there is enough mains water to meet demand in 2006, when an expected five million tourists are expected to push dry-season supplies to the limit.

Speaking at the monthly “Governor Meets the Press” conference at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday morning, the Governor said he expects 15 million tourists to visit Thailand in 2006, about a third of them coming to Phuket.

“We certainly face shortages and need to find ways to supply as much water as possible,” he said, adding that hotels faced shortages in 2005 despite the sharp downturn in tourist arrivals.

PIO Water Distribution Chief Suwin Anukul told the media that Cabinet on January 10 approved a 66-million-baht budget to pipe water from the Hitlor and Manik tin mine ponds in Tambon Srisoonthorn, Thalang, which have a combined capacity of 2 million cubic meters. The new pipeline, which should be ready in June, will run south 17 kilometers and resupply a tin mine in Kathu on land under the control of the Phuket Excise Office.

Summarizing the situation at Bang Wad Reservoir in Kathu, K. Suwin said supply there is now 5.2 million m³, down slightly from 5.5 million m³ at the end of 2005. Total rainfall at the dam in 2005 was 2,012 millimeters, about 85% of the normal yearly average of 2,375mm.

To make supplies last as long as possible, the PIO plans to pump about 1 million m³ per month for the first five months of 2006, with the PWO receiving about 60% of the water and Phuket City Water Supply Department the remainder.

PWO demand is approximately 46,000 m³/day, about 20,000m³/day of which is met by pumping from Bang Wad Reservoir. Additional year-round sources include Loch Palm Golf Course (8,000 m³/day) and two pumping stations on Klong Bang Yai that have a combined sustained yield of 18,000 m³/day.

Phuket City Water Supply Department uses 26,000 m³/day on average. Bang Wad Reservoir will supply half of this until – according to projections – supplies run out at the end of May. The remaining demand will be met by pumping from seven tin mines, which currently hold 1.5 million m³, enough to last for 115 days or until the end of April, K. Suwin reported.

In the medium term, work on two new reservoirs, the 7.2-million-m³ Bang Niew Dum Reservoir in Thalang and the 5.7-million-m³ Klong Krata Reservoir in Chalong, would be completed in 2008 and 2009 respectively, he added.

A plan to divert water to Phuket from Chieo Lan Reservoir in Surat Thani, touted as a long-term solution, is still undergoing feasibility and environmental impact studies, and has not yet been presented for approval by Cabinet.

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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