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PHUKET: Thousands of people who attended a Chinese New Year celebration in Phuket Town last night were spellbound by a performance by one of the world’s top acrobatic troupes.

The fun began in the late afternoon, as scores of Thai and foreign tourists dined on a huge variety of local dishes on offer by vendors lined up under a walkway adorned with hundreds of red lanterns.

As they waited for the show to begin they watched dancing and martial arts demonstrations and posed for photos with two new “OrBorJor Mascots”, both bearing a striking resemblance to Paiboon Upatising in his spectacles and trademark pink blazer.

Mr Paiboon is president of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) that funded the event, held at Sanam Chai opposite Phuket Provincial Hall.

The show started at about 8pm with an address by Governor Tri Augkaradacha followed by a video segment extolling the virtues of Phuket, its ethnic Chinese cultural heritage, tourism attractions and the accomplishments of the PPAO under its current administration by Mr Paiboon and his Kon Baan Rao team.

The PPAO emcee made a point of saying that the PPAO was staging “the best Chinese New Year celebration anywhere in Thailand” to ring in the Year of the Dragon.

Many Phuket residents believe the 2012 Chinese Lunar Year will be especially auspicious for Phuket because the topography of the island resembles that of the legendary Sea Dragon Hai Leng Ong.

The three-act performance by the highly-acclaimed Henan Acrobatic Troupe lived up to the billing, with the fantastically-attired performers leaving the huge crowd breathless with countless feats of gymnastic excellence.

They used a wide variety of props including see-saws, unicycles, trampolines, spinning jugs and plates and diabolos (spools whirled and tossed on a string tied to two sticks held one in each hand).

However, some of the most amazing moves were accomplished with no props at all, including when a female performer managed to balance herself on her male partner’s head using only the pointed toes of one foot.

The only letdown came at the end of the show, when the seated crowd couldn’t even lift their behinds off their plastic seats to give the high-energy performers the standing ovation they clearly deserved.

The feature event was followed by a fireworks display and musical concert running late into the night.

Despite the huge crowd and limited space, there were no reports of violence or other unruly behavior, possibly because the event was alcohol-free.

— Stephen Fein



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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