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– A daily digest of news from around the world compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

PHUKET: From May 21-23, Phuket will be playing host to its first-ever paragliding competition.

Approximately 40 contestants from countries around the world are expected to arrive for the event.

Among the challenges that will await the contestants are spot landings, passing gates, fun flights and even fancy dress flying. There will also be a photo contest by lead sponsors Canon.

In addition to Canon, this colorful and exciting event is sponsored by Phuket Province, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and several local businesses.

The Phuket Gazette and its television arm PGTV are the media sponsors and will be covering the event from the air above the action.

Those who want to watch the contest live should head down to Naiharn Beach between 8:00 and 18:00.

Early bird deals for Phuket Race Week

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Registration is now open for Six Senses Phuket Race Week, and the provisional Notice of Race has been posted on line.

The popular and ever-growing event includes five nights of renowned regatta parties, combined with four days of high-octane yacht racing in the south-west monsoon season.

This year’s Race Week (21 to 25 July at the Evason Phuket Resort) will run back-to-back with the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) Multihull Challenge, which is expected to attract up to 20 catamarans and trimarans from around Thailand.

For further information and to register, see the regatta website where high-value ‘early bird’ discounts on entry fees are now on offer for boats and crew.

And a first this year is the chance to win back entry fees for boat and full crew, courtesy of Global Investments (Far East) – but only if you beat the early bird deadline.

The Phuket Gazette, PGTV and The Nation are charter sponsors of this event and will again be covering it daily, this year not only on ground and water, but also from the air.

Special rates at Outrigger Phuket

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Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas has announced special Summer rates for guests staying in May or June this year.

The 68-villa Outrigger property is part of the Laguna Destination Resort Phuket at Bang Tao Beach. The two-bedroom villa is 4,000 baht per night, with the three- and four-bedroom pool villas now only 7,000 and 11,000 a night, respectively.

The rates include an in-room daily continental breakfast.

In a separate development, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas have joined the JAL ‘Mileage Bank’ program, and are offering 1,000 miles per stay, double the normal miles awarded for stays at the applicable paid rates. The offer expires 21 December 2010.

Red shirts and army clash

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A Thai soldier was shot in the head as the army clashed with anti-government protesters yesterday.

At least 10 people were injured when Thai troops fired over and into the crowd of Red Shirts who were charging at them with home-made weapons in a northern suburb of Bangkok.

It was not immediately clear if Thai troops were shooting live rounds or rubber bullets in their attempts to prevent the protesters from expanding their demonstrations.

The clash occurred at a section of Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road on the northern outskirts of Bangkok. Security forces had blocked that area with razor wire.

Tough words on protests

The Telegraph
Thai Army spokesman Sunsern Kaewkumnerd said last night that security forces were ready and waiting “for the right time” to retake the Red Shirt’s rally area, which has paralysed a chunk of Bangkok’s central commercial district.

“We are ready to fight to the death, so why don’t we set the date for [the] crackdown,” countered protest leader Nattawut Saikua.

The government has said it would not tolerate any further road blocks set up by protesters to prevent more troops from heading into Bangkok.

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“Bangkok people, please understand we did not want it to affect you, but we only want safety,” said Nattawut Saikua, the red-shirted protest leader growing famous for firebrand remarks.

Nattawut said the Red Shirts planned to spread out into other parts of the city, sending teams with speaker trucks to distribute leaflets and videos explaining the protesters’ side of the story.

“We’ll go out everyday until the government dissolves Parliament and returns power to the people…. If there are police and military units blocking the way, using weapons, we are going to fight with peaceful means,” Nattawut said.

ASEAN fears ‘domino effect’

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Thailand’s neighbors are watching the political unrest in Bangkok with growing concern.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has said the protests in Thailand could spread economic and political instability throughout the region.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah says he is concerned that the instability in Thailand could lead to a repeat of the 1997 Asian economic crisis.

Faizasyah says ASEAN’s tradition of non-interference in members’ affairs and the Thai government’s unwillingness to ask for help, will stifle any regional mediation effort.

What Thailand’s neighbors can do to prevent similar protest movements from spreading, he says, is to “address the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised in their own countries.”

— Gazette Editors

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

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