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PATONG: Patong’s dramatic municipal election developed a fresh twist today when the brother of accused Mayor Surasak Maneesri was nominated for the leading role in his place. But K. Surasak stressed his desire to prove his innocence of allegations of disreputable behavior and replace his brother, Chalermsak, as candidate for mayor before the polls on November 16 and 17. While 300 people outside the Patong Municipal Office today cheered on both parties contesting the polls, the 38 election candidates were inside, having their ballot numbers drawn. In anticipation of Patong being declared a Tessabaan Muang (town) there will be two elections: one for the position of mayor and the other for members of the municipal council. Coming out with the advantage on the ballot paper was K. Surasak’s rival, former mayor Pian Keesin. He drew No 1, leaving K. Chalermsak with No 2 on the mayoral ballot papers. This means that, on the ballot papers for the councilors, K. Pian’s Palang Patong party will have numbers 1 to 18 while the candidates from the brothers Maneesri’s Patong Gao-na will be numbered 19 to 36. Candidates have until October 15 to register for the elections. But because only two groups have declared their readiness to run, Somkiet Kwansuwan, Palad of Patong, and the Election Commission agreed that the numbers should be drawn today. Mayor Surasak was accused of disreputable behavior and was last week ordered by the then-Interior Minister, Purachai Piemsomboon, to step down from his position – just a day before his role as mayor expired. Onlookers listened with fascination today as the key role-players reviewed the state of play. K. Pian said with a smile, “My team and I are ready for this election and ready to develop Patong. I think what happened to K. Surasak does not give us any advantage because our group already has the support of the people of Patong. “They’ve seen what we’ve done in the past. We also screened everyone in our team to make sure that there won’t be any candidates who will use their membership of the council for personal benefit.” Later K. Chalermsak said, “To be a candidate in place of my brother is not something that we [Patong Gao-na] just decided. I had been prepared because we knew that someone had it in for my brother. “There isn’t another good politician like him. I believe that we are still ready to work for Patong and I myself have a good reputation, having been involved in local politics for years.” Ex-mayor Surasak said of his appeal to the Administrative Court in Bangkok, “I will win the case for sure. I am keen to have an answer from the court because I want to be a candidate. I will be back for the election. However, if the case is not finished in time, I can still can be adviser to my brother. “It’s interesting that the order came just one day before my position expired.” In a message apparently directed at K. Pian, he said, “To anyone who thinks he already has it sweet, please don’t be careless.” K. Somkiet said he expected a 60% turnout for the vote and hoped the new two-part system would be understood. “Up until October 15 we will be checking all the documents submitted by the candidates,” he said. “And after that we will check their qualifications again.”

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Chiang Rai quarantines 26 returnees from Phuket

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26 returnees from Phuket back to Chiang Rai arrived home on 2 passenger coaches today and were immediately placed in 14 day quarantine. The 26 arrived at the Wiang Indra Riverside Resort in Chiang Rai province (by the way, it looks VERY nice!).

The Deputy provincial governor of Chiang Rai welcomed them and asked them to adhere to the precautionary measures set by the health department. Thorough screening was reportedly conducted by Chiang Rai health officials and they were also reminded to eat only well cooked food, use a personal serving spoon when eating, wash their hands regularly, practice social distancing and most importantly wear face masks at all times.

Meanwhile a group of 400 Thais returnees from foreign countries were placed in state quarantine facilities in Chonburi province yesterday. 7 hotels in Pattaya City have been designated state quarantine facilities. The hotels have been approved by the health department for Thais returning from abroad. Around 2,000 returnees are now being quarantined there. Yesterday’s 400 returnees, that had been stranded in Italy, Malaysia, Japan and Taiwan, arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport before travelling to the quarantine facilities in Chon Buri.

Health officials today reported 11 returnees from overseas tested positive for Covid-19. The 11, 5 of them masseurs, raised Thailand’s total cases to 3,065 since the outbreak began.

“We can say that there are no new locally infected Covid-19 cases as far as official reports are concerned. Even more, all the new cases reported daily were infected in other countries.”

Of the 3,065 accumulated cases, 2,945 (96%) have recovered, with 14 more patients released over the previous 24 hours. Just 63 patients remained in hospital. The death toll remains at 57.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Mayor’s statement sparks hope Chonburi beaches may reopen soon

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A Facebook post from the mayor of Saen Suk, home to the renowned Bangsaen beach, says beaches “may” reopen from June 1. (Before you ask, there is currently no official information on when Bangsaen, Pattaya or Phuket’s beaches may actually reopen.)

Beaches in the eastern province of Chonburi were closed nearly two months ago as authorities enacted strict lockdown measures to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Chonburi has now had no new reported cases of the virus for more than 30 days and residents are getting antsy over the ongoing beach closures.

Authorities continue to state that the closures are to prevent unlawful gatherings and the risk of people travelling from nearby provinces, such as Bangkok, thereby causing a second wave of infections. Bangkok has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country. Despite this, local expats and Thais are demanding that Chonburi’s beaches be reopened, particularly in light of this happening in other resort areas such as Hua Hin.

The Pattaya News reports that Bangsaen beach reopening does not necessarily mean Pattaya’s beaches could also reopen as that decision lies with Pattaya’s civic officials. Despite Pattaya not having any new reported cases of the virus for over 40 days now, Pattaya City Hall authorities remain concerned about mass gatherings, the consumption of alcohol and the risk that social distancing measures would not be adhered to were they to reopen the city’s beaches.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Bangkok mother, daughter swindled out of 1.8 million baht, suspect arrested

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Authorities in the southern province of Phuket have arrested a man wanted in Bangkok for swindling a woman and her mother out of nearly 2 million baht. Police in the island’s party town of Patong report that officers received a request from police in Bangkok to arrest 23 year old Narathip Sukprasert, originally from Lop Buri province, about 150 kilometres to Bangkok’s northeast.

Narathip was wanted for fraud on an arrest warrant issued back on January 6. Patong Police managed to track him down, and together with officers from Bangkok, arrested him on Monday. Authorities say he used the names “Nook Tha Prachan” or “Wayu Tha Prachan” and dealt in Buddha amulets.

“He deceived his female victim by pretending to be romantically attracted to her. When the woman said she wanted things, he would buy them and pay by using his credit card. He later told the woman that he had problems with his credit card because he had spent too much, so his victim gave him cash to pay for his alleged credit card bill,” according to the report in Phuket News.

The woman transferred money to Narathip’s account many times, totalling nearly 250,000 baht. After swindling money out of the woman, Narathip deceived her mother as well, claiming that she too would be held legally responsible for the debt and that the bank would sue her.

“The victim’s mother believed this, and gave him money several times. Altogether he deceived the women out of more than 1.8 million baht.”

Narathip was taken to Bang Na Police Station in Bangkok.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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