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Jumbo problem returns to Bangkok

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BANGKOK (AFP): Elephants are returning to Bangkok after being banished three months ago, forcing a showdown with authorities who say they have no place in the busy city. “Thirty-eight elephants have returned to the city since mid-May and are living around Ramkamheng,” a Bangkok suburb, veterinarian Alongkorn Mahannop of the Dusit Zoo told AFP today. “There is no food for the elephants in the northeast [where they were sent by Bangkok authorities], no native trees or grass for them to eat, so they came back to the city,” he said. Though life in Bangkok is difficult for elephants, the tuskers eat fairly well there, thanks to tourists who pay their handlers several dollars a time to feed bananas to the beasts. But the Bangkok governor’s office ordered the animals out of the city in March after several of them were involved in traffic accidents on Bangkok’s notoriously chaotic roads. In February, a bull elephant frightened by sounds from motorcycles and cars went on a rampage, bringing traffic in a section of the city centre to a standstill for several hours. Though no one was injured on that occasion, a motorcyle taxi driver was killed when he slammed into an elephant, injuring his passenger and the animal. In another case, an elephant died after being hit by a car, and other tuskers have injured themselves after falling into manholes in the busy thoroughfares. Bangkok officials rounded up elephants living in the city and trucked them out to Thailand’s rural northeast. Most of them migrated from there up to a decade ago as traditional work, such as haulage, became scarce. The elephant handlers were given between 1,000 and 8,000 baht (25 and 200 dollars) to take their charges away from the city, and they were promised new jobs in the northeast. But provincial authorities did not deliver on the promises, and few trainers found the work they needed to buy food for their pachyderms, prompting them to return to the city. At the time of the ban, Deputy Bangkok Governor Thirachai Wuddhidham warned that elephant handlers who defied the order and brought their tuskers back to the capital would have their animals confiscated by police. Alongkorn said the emotional issue could figure in the July 23 election for a new Bangkok governor. The vet said he was hopeful the tuskers’ situation would be different after the city’s administration changes. “Hopefully the new Bangkok governor will have more concern for the elephants, who have a big role in Thai history … and will provide a better solution for the animals,” he said. [Readers with views about elephants in populated areas may wish to vote in this week’s Gazette Poll at https://thethaiger.com.]



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall.

Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike.

The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. polls of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was underivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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