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PATONG: Greenpeace (International) staged another rally today, but this time right on the beach in Patong. The event took place just two hours before the group left Phuket aboard the Rainbow Warrior at 1:00 pm. Others participating in the rally were Greenpeace (Thailand), the Phuket Environmental Protection Group, and the Federation of Southern Fisherfolk. Unlike the demonstration at the incinerator in Phuket Town on Thursday, today’s activities were more of an informational nature. “Our objective today is to inform local people and tourists about how Phuket has been affected by tourism. For example, Mai Khao Beach up in the north of the island, and the hotels that will be built there,” Thara Buakumsri of Greenpeace (Thailand) said in reference to the near-disappearance of turtles that used to lay their eggs on that beach. The rally today was ‘up close and personal’, with some of the participants marching up and down the beach handing out flyers to scores of tourists, while others sailed along the shoreline in dinghies bearing signs imploring people to stop turtle hunting and illegal fishing. “We’re in Patong because it is the busiest tourist area. But please understand that we are not trying to blame Phuket’s environmental problems on the tourists. We only want them to know that they, too, are an important contributor to the degradation here,” said one of the orgainzers of the event. The next stop for the Rainbow Warrior will be Koh Samui where they plan to stage a demonstration at the local incinerator, a facility similar to, but smaller than, the one in Phuket. As was the case at the incinerator here, the demonstrators’ stated purpose is to warn the authorities and those living on the island of the impact of the burner on their environment.



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Fourteen kilograms of marijuana seized in pre-Songkran drug crackdowns

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Phuket police have sized a total of 14 kilograms of marijuana in three separate cases, including intercepting parcel post yesterday. It’s all part of the annual pre-Songkran drugs crackdown.

Phuket Provincial Police have seized a parcel box sent via Thai Post in Rawai where they found 12 kilograms of marijuana. Police are now tracking down the sender.

In the second case police have arrested 46 years old Kamon ‘Noom’ Teeratrakunchai in Wichit. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana inside a Kerry Express parcel box. The suspect has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

And in the third case Patong police arrested a suspect near a market on Bangla Road in Patong. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana during that arrest. That suspect has also been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

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Emergency crews participate in fire drill at Phuket airport

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PHOTOS: The Phuket International Airport

Phuket International Airport emergency crews battled fake fires near the main runway today.

Firefighters and rescue workers were deployed on the tarmac as part of regular drills aimed at improving response times and emergency response efficiency. This was the first such drill at the airport this year.

Observing officials reported that the emergency crews were timely and effective in their response during the exercise. The drills follow a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are carried out periodically to check on preparedness for various emergencies.

No flights were reportedly affected by the drill.

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Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow

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Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

The blackouts will affect the areas from the Shell petrol station on Patak Road to Bayshore law office opposite Chalong Beach Hotel on Wiset Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience.

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 07 652 1099 (24 hr)

 

 

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