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BANGKOK (AFP): The government today demanded that the Hong Kong-based current affairs magazine, the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER), apologize for an article published in January, or face the expulsion of its two Bangkok-based journalists. FEER’s Rodney Tasker and Shawn Crispin have lodged an appeal against deportation orders served at the weekend, after they were named on Friday in an immigration blacklist, for allegedly posing a threat to national security. Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said the government still guaranteed freedom of the press in Thailand, but when reporters infringed on “national security” the nation had to act. But amid mounting internal and external criticism over the government’s move, Surakiart suggested the government may try to find a way to extricate itself from the impasse. “There could be a way to solve the problem, like explaining that they didn’t intend to make a report which damaged the country,” he said in a radio interview. National Police Chief General Sant Sarutanond also demanded that the magazine apologize and that the reporters reveal their sources for the January 10 article which, he said, had damaged “international confidence in Thailand”. “We asked them to explain where they got the information, so that we can take action against the sources and they will be free,” he said late yesterday. FEER rejected the allegations that Crispin and Tasker — or the other two Hong Kong-based employees for the weekly news magazine named on the blacklist — represented a threat to national security. “No one in the Thai government has pointed out any factual inaccuracies, nor asked for a correction of any inaccuracies,” said publisher Philip Rezvin, who is named in the list, along with editor Michael Vatikiotis. Opposition Democrat Party member Akapol Sorasuchart also called on the government to make it clear what offence the journalists had committed. “There has been no clear explanation from the government yet,” he told reporters. Last month, police ordered the edition containing the article to be taken off newsstands, saying it violated press laws. The deportation threats have sparked a rising tide of protest, culminating in a statement from the US State Department, which said its ambassador to Thailand, Darryl Johnson, had raised the matter in a meeting with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. “We are concerned about the prospect that Thailand may bar certain journalists from working in or entering the country for publishing reports critical of the government,” said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher. “We encourage Thailand to uphold its reputation as a strong supporter of freedom of the press consistent with its constitution and its past practices. A free press is an essential element of any democracy.”

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The 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle fun run attracts more than 4,000 runners

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4,000 runners from Thailand and overseas took part in the 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2019 yesterday, starting from the Phuket Gateway.

The event is expected to raise 700,000 baht for the charity, now in its 15th year. The money raised goes towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment, and ecosystems, for the wellbeing of sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

The annual race also provides funds for thePhuket Marine Biological Centre’s Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and The Third NavalArea Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

The race was in its 15th year and runners of all ages and abilities took part in the race. The morning’s racing was divided into five categories – the 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km mini- marathon, 5km fun run and 3k family run and VIP participants for all the races. The route of 21.1 kilometre race took runners northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thepkasattri bridge, past the rural road No. 3006, run along the road – Pi Lai viewpoint area returned back along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finished the half marathon in the Phuket Gateway.

For Mini Marathon 10.5 km – Over all category, Mr. Chinnawat Changlek clocked 39 minutes and 40 seconds to clinch victory in the male half marathon, winning prize money and a trophy with the signature of Phuket’s Governor. The winner in the female mini marathon was Surakarn Wanna with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds.

Winners also received a prize gift voucher as well as a medal. Congratulations to all participants.

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‘Phang Nga Bay and Beyond’ exhibition by Marilyn Band at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen in November

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The Art exhibition “Phang Nga Bay and Beyond” by Marilyn Band is being held at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen, Chalong, Kata Hill, Phuket from November 30, 2019 – January 31, 2020. The opening will take place on Saturday November 30, 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Artist’s Statement

“For the current exhibition, I am presenting recent work, a more abstract expression of Phang Nga Bay’s beauty, which intends to encourage the viewer the opportunity to interpret and appreciate a little bit of paradise. I am quite excited about these more abstract works as it has allowed me to explore the essence of these limestone monuments in the bay.

“I find the natural world a beautiful, magical place. My paintings are inspired by many sea voyages. Though based on reality I try to introduce my own feelings and vision which will delight others.”

Biography

Marilyn Band has been creating art since childhood, influenced by a family who surrounded her with paintings and the creations of several generations of her ancestors who were famous stained glass artists. She went to Florence, Italy for life drawing and then went on to study graphics at High Wycombe Technical College in Buckinghamshire, England and started her career as a graphic designer in a variety of advertising agencies in London.

On Holiday in the Seychelles, she met her future husband, Nick Band, and they have been sailing around the Indian Ocean and SE Asia for more than forty years allowing Marilyn the chance to draw and paint the now disappearing tropical cultures from Zanzibar to Sri Lanka to Phuket, and beyond.

She arrived in Phuket in 1980 and immediately built a studio that has been the center of her art projects. Between sea voyages and other travels, Marilyn has become one of Phuket’s most significant artists with one person exhibitions at Mom Tri’s Boathouse and Villa Royale Galleries.

She has also designed and developed the graphics for the island’s world famous Phuket King’s Cup Regatta media.

She continues to explore new avenues of self- expression in acrylic, oil, watercolour, ink, collage and silkscreen.

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Thalang Police arrest local Phuket drug dealer with amphetamine pills

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Thalang Police have arrested a local drug dealer with more than 192 amphetamine pills. Thalang police in Phuket arrested 29 year old Wimon Songkong from Nakhon Si Thammarat with 192 amphetamine pills that he was carrying when they nabbed him in front of a 7-Eleven store inside a PTT gas station on Thepkasattri Road, in Thalang District.

The amphetamine pills were packed in a black zip-lock plastic bag, which was hidden in his grey shoulder bag. Two of the pills were green and 190 of them were orange, while each pill had the letters ‘wy’ printed on them.

Wimon was charged for possessing and trading illicit drugs and was sent to Thalang police station for further investigation and processing.

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