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Nai Harn soi dogs under control, says mayor

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PHUKET: The Nai Harn Beach dog situation is under control without officials having to take any drastic measures, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos told the Phuket Gazette.

“We will not be banning pets at worker camps. However, we have dispatched municipality officers to ask that the residents take proper care of them and sterilize the dogs,” Mr Aroon said. “We’ve also determined how many dogs are owned as pets in the camp and will work to ensure this number does not grow.”

The problem with soi dogs along Nai Harn Beach and other parts of Rawai was thrust into the spotlight after complaints began rolling in to the municipality about the canines (story here).

However, Mr Aroon and John Dalley, vice president and CEO of the Soi Dog Foundation, assured the Gazette that the animals were no longer an issue.

“We have also asked that people only take their dogs for walks on the beach before 8am, as there are fewer beachgoers there at that time,” Mr Aroon said. “Some people like to see dogs on the beach and some do not, so we just have to find a balance.”

About 20 soi dogs live in the Nai Harn Beach area, all of which have been vaccinated and sterilized by the Soi Dog Foundation, confirmed Mr Aroon.

“Nai Harn Beach is home for many dogs that, for one reason or another, have no home of their own. They are cared for by local residents, Thai and foreign, who have even set up their own Facebook page (click here) with the support of Soi Dog, who vaccinate and neuter the dogs and care for any ongoing medical needs they may have,” Mr Dalley told the Gazette.

“The dogs provide company and pleasure to thousands of tourists every year, some who return year on year to see their canine friends.”

Local people who feed the dogs and take care of them are working hand in hand with the municipality and have agreed that the dogs should only be fed in specific locations, confirmed Mr Dalley.

One previous issue with the dogs in the area had been that they were being fed along the road encircling Nai Harn Lake, which is used by many cyclists, a situation that many saw as potentially hazardous.

“Soi Dog Foundation has sterilized and vaccinated all the dogs at the beach and over 80 per cent of all dogs in the Rawai area, which will see numbers reducing over time,” said Mr Dalley.

Mr Aroon pointed out that, though the dogs were friendly, he would continue to look for a possible place to relocate them. He also noted that the Suan Pa Bangkhanun Stray Dog Shelter in Thalang was already overcrowded and would not be considered a possibility.

“Removing all the dogs would serve no useful purpose, as other dogs would simply move in and take their place,” Mr Dalley said as a counter point, emphasizing that the current changes were moves in the right direction.

“The reality is that removing the dogs could well have a reverse effect, as the dogs living on the beach are friendly and pose no danger to the public. New dogs moving in to replace them may not be”.

— Nattha Thepbamrung

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Crime

Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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