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Governor postpones stray dog round-up

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PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Provincial Livestock Office (PPLO) has postponed indefinitely its plan to round up hundreds of stray dogs at island beaches and hold them at the Mid Road Dog Shelter in Thalang.

At a meeting chaired by Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura at Phuket Provincial Hall on January 13, the Governor called for better co-operation among government agencies and the island’s animal welfare groups. He said he wants everyone to work together to sterilize stray dogs as a way of ultimately reducing their population on the island.

“We are all working toward the same objective, which is to reduce the number of stray dogs,” he reminded the gathering.

The meeting was attended by PPLO chief Sunart Wongchawalit and animal rights activists including: Athena Cant and Dr Waraporn Namket of the Phuket Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Margot Homburg Park of the Soi Dog Foundation (SDF) and Suphaporn Last, Regional Manager of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

The Governor called the meeting at the request of the SDF and WSPA, following a poorly attended meeting of local government officials last month at which it was announced that strays would be rounded up at popular tourist beaches and taken to the shelter.

The beach round-up plan was later scrapped because the shelter already houses some 430 animals – not far from the 500-dog limit earlier imposed by the Governor.

Whereas the PPLO has the authority to deal with the stray dog problem, its efforts have been hampered by a lack of co-operation from local administrative bodies and by poor funding. The PPLO shelter, which has just a handful of staff, faces a chronic funding problem that makes buying food for the dogs an ongoing concern.

The SDF representatives told the meeting that the foundation has backers overseas who have indicated that they are willing to donate significant funds if the SDF either takes over operations at the Mid Road Dog Shelter from the provincial government, or establishes a shelter and clinic of its own. The group currently employs 15 permanent staff and eight part-time staff, some of whom would be relocated to the Mid Road Dog Shelter if the SDF were given permission to take over the facility, the meeting heard.

The SDF opposes killing stray dogs on the grounds that it is both inhumane and an ineffective way of dealing with the problem. The group, which has sterilized 7,739 stray cats and dogs in Phuket since setting up operations here in 2003, has the stated objective of “creating a healthy pack at Phuket’s hotels, resorts, parks, golf courses, schools and neighborhoods”.

The SDF’s plan to establish its own shelter suffered a setback recently when the landlord at its rented premises in Tambon Rassada denied permission for the necessary structural changes to the property in order for it to meet government standards for such a facility.

Despite its financial resources and shared goals, the SDF has received little support from the PPLO. Last year, K. Sunart suspended the foundation’s verbal permission to operate its clinic in Tambon Rassada on the grounds that it was not in compliance with Thai law.

K. Sunart cited the fact that the clinic was not registered in the name of a Thai veterinarian as the cause for the suspension, but later admitted that the action stemmed from comments on the SDF website critical of the PPLO shelter, and for which the SDF did not issue an official apology.

At the meeting, K Sunart said that it was difficult for his officials to work with the SDF field clinics because his agency was never told when they would take place. He also stressed that the exact financial obligation of animal welfare groups to the Mid Road Dog Shelter needs to be clearly established before they are allowed to set up operations there.

Before closing the meeting, the Governor announced he would set up and head a panel that would include representatives of the PPLO, WSPA, SDF and other animal welfare groups.



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Power outage hits parts of Thalang

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Electricity was shut off in Thalang today. The The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) announced the outage.

Residents of Thalang have had to endure blackouts from 9am to 4.30pm today as the PEA continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

Areas being affected are from Makprok PTT Gas Station to Baan Mueang Mai Intersection and from Baan Mueang Mai Intersection to Mud Dok Khao Intersection on Thepkrasattri Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience. (Maybe we can sit in the PEA and enjoy their air-conditioning)

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 076 386 880 – 2

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Top 10 ways to save water at home

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Hot weather and Thailand’s boom-or-bust water issues (floods in wet season and water shortages in the hot season) are a part of our life. And it’s predicted that there will be hotter hot seasons and wetter wet-seasons in the future. Even if we’re not sure what the future brings we should all be conscious of our water usage, be more self-sufficient and empower ourselves to do something positive to protect Thailand’s precious water reserves.

Here are a few ideas that may help you become more water-wise…

• Shower with a bucket. Don’t let all that water pour down the drain and stick a bucket next to you whilst you shower. The plants will be grateful for an extra drink on hot days and save you using the hose sometimes. Whilst you’re at it, cut your 5 minute shower down to three minutes. Really, you can sing somewhere else! And, really, do we absolutely have to have four showers a day? No. A fresh spray of the deodorant and a fresh shirt will be perfectly OK during water shortages. For couples, well, shower together!

• Leave the water running whilst brushing your teeth? Try turning it off until you want to rinse out your mouth. All that useable water flowing down the basic drain whilst you’re brushing isn’t making your teeth any whiter! Same when you’re washing your hands or washing your hair. Turn off the tap whilst you’re doing all the scrubbing. These little habits could end up saving tens of litres every time you do these common tasks.

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• Boiling pasta? Rice? Eggs? Once the left-over water has cooled use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants. Just make sure the water has cooled first!

• Washing the car at a car wash is more efficient than doing it yourself at home. Car wash businesses recycle a lot of their water. Even better, drive around with a dirty car now and then – it’s not hurting you or the car and will save water by delaying your car wash.

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• Lawns use lots of water and daily watering during the hot season can soak up hundreds of litres of valuable. Letting your lawn go brown, be assured it will come back in the wet season. And long-term, landscape accordingly with water wise ground covers, succulents, and other plants that thrive in drought conditions. Lawns may be a luxury we can’t afford in these water-conscious times.

• Only run the dishwasher when it’s full. Even better wash the dishes by hand. Dishwashing machines are notable water wasters. Grab you partner or a friend and have a chat or a laugh for the five minutes it will take you to wash the dishes by hand. You could save up to 50-100 litres of water! And fill up the sink once and do all the washing together without leaving the water running all the time.

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• Whilst it hasn’t been a worry in the past, our useable potable water supplies around Thailand are becoming an issue that won’t be fixed immediately. Consider installing a simple rain catchment system. They can be cheap or expensive and should be considered if you’re building a new house as an integral part of the design. Your roof is an amazing water-catcher. Use it.

• Flush the toilet less often and with less water. Most modern toilets have a half-flush option and there are other tricks to reducing the re-fill in your toilet’s cistern – putting a brick into your cistern is one way (gently!).

• Water the plants early in the morning. You’ll need less water, since cooler morning temperatures mean less evaporation. It’s not a great idea to water in the evenings, since this can promote mould growth in the humid Thai weather and hot evenings. And you really don’t need to water the driveway. It’s not growing. No one is going to walk past your house and compliment you on your sparkling clean drive-way.

• The dog WILL survive without being washed every day, or week. Indeed our dogs used to survive perfectly well without being washed at all. If the family pooch does need a wash try and use some of the water you saved from the bucket in the shower and be careful not to leave the hose on whilst rubbing in the shampoo. As for the cat, it is genetically programmed to clean itself better than you could ever hope to. Leave the cat alone – it DOES NOT need to be washed.

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Mystery luxury house found under construction overlooking Bang Wad Dam in Kathu

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A luxury house, under construction, has been found on the Nark Herd Hills overlooking Bang Wad Dam in Kathu.

The issue came to light after aerial photos of the house went viral in local social media. Yesterday officials paid a visit to the new house.

A man name Taweep Phonputchai from Bangkok, a representative of the land owner, met with officials and presented the land title deed to officers. The land covers an area of about 10 rai.

The land used to be rubber plantation. Officials have checked and found that the land has a legal land tittle deed but are continuing their investigation into the new residence.

Meanwhile, look how low the dam is!

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