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‘New’ motorcycle helmet law for Phuket

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PHUKET: Authorities in Phuket say they are about to bring to a halt the dangers of riding a motorcycle without a helmet after the region’s Police queued up new motorcycle safety laws set to come into force later this year.

From July 1st this year, police say, any motorcyclist or passenger caught riding without a helmet will be fined.

According to the UK-based ‘motorcycle community’ website visordown.com, the decision was taken to make helmet use compulsory in a bid to reduce the number of riders killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads.

It was not immediately clear why the compulsory wearing of a helmet is considered a “new” law, as the helmet law was introduced in Phuket in 1996. What could be “new”, however, would be any enforcement of that law, which has been widely scoffed at over the past 14 years.

Phuket scores AFC cup match

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Muang Thong’s Thunderdome Stadium lost out to Phuket’s Surakul Stadium on Tuesday as it was deemed too dangerous to stage the AFC Cup group G decider game between Muang Thong United and South China of Hong Kong in Bangkok, due to the political unrest, even though the Thunderdome is situated in Nonthaburi, many miles from the Bangkok protests.

Rene Desaeyere, manager of Muang Thong United, has not happy about the move since it nullified their home advantage. “It is unbelievable that politics comes into sport like this and we can’t play at Muang Thong,” he fumed.

Thai Premier League champions Muang Thong United went on to lose the match1-0 last night.

Charity golfing in Phuket

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The 11th annual Child-Watch Charity Golf Tournament organised by the British Business Association Phuket (BBAP) will be held at Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket on 24 April.

HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer Olivier Dombey said the company was delighted to sponsor the 11th annual Child-Watch Charity Golf Tournament.

“It truly is a worthy cause because it targets and assists the Thai children in Phuket who are most at risk because their parents are either unwilling or unable to care for them,” he said.

The Phuket Gazette newspaper and PGTV are media sponsors for the event.

Child-Watch Phuket provides full-time care for more than 70 underprivileged school kids who have been abused, and maintains a day care facility for children whose parents are incarcerated.

Phuket ‘The Place’ for holiday villas

Bangkok Post
The Wealth Report 2010 “Attitudes Survey”, which was jointly prepared by real estate consultancy Knight Frank and wealth management firm Citi Private Bank, says that Phuket is the place international investors go for top-end holiday villas, while Bangkok remains the only city in Thailand to have a developed urban luxury market.

The survey says the average cost of a luxury villa in Phuket is now about 108 million baht, while the average price of a premium Bangkok condominium currently stands at 176,000 baht per square metre.

Prime property price trends in the Asia-Pacific countries have changed significantly since the economic crisis, the report says, from a 40% contraction in Cambodia to 5% growth in Thailand, and a 20% increase in Singapore and China.

GTC prevails in Phuket Cricket

The Assam Tribune
Gauhati Town Club (GTC) defeated former champion The Corner Tigers of Pakistan in the final of the 7th Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament at Karon Stadium in Phuket.

Hirakjyoti Das of Gauhati Town Club was adjusted Player of the Tournament, while Haroon of Corner Tiger received the Man of the Final Award.

There were 24 teams from Australia, the U.S, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Thailand (Bangkok) in the tournament, which also saw two teams from India, apart from the GTC.

— Gazette Editors

 

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Fishermen find space debris off the coast of Phuket

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Local fishermen found space debris, possibly from a satellite or space shuttle, on the seabed just 6 metres below the surface by Koh Ael in Phuket. At first, no one knew exactly what it was.

Specialists from a Navy explosive ordnance disposal unit were first called to look at the round, hollow metal object which was about 45 centimetres in diameter. 3rd Naval Area commander Vice Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengpaet told reporters at a press conference that the team took photos of the object and found it appeared to be a rocket fuel tank, possibly used to launch a satellite or shuttle into space. He said it matched photos online.

Both the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, or GISTDA, and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, agree that the object was most likely a fuel tank for a rocket.

Since the fuel tanks usually contain harmful chemicals like ammonia or hydrogen, divers examined the space debris to make sure there were no chemical leaks before bringing the object to shore and taken to the navy headquarters. The space debris will be taken to the GISTDA to be studied.

“If other objects similar to this one are found elsewhere, people should not touch them. They could contain hazardous chemicals. They should immediately inform Region 3 Thai-MECC or local officials.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Phuket police search for foreigners who were seen drinking beer at a restaurant

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Phuket officials are serious about disease control orders banning parties and gatherings with friends, especially when alcohol is involved. They’re so serious, that apparently they’re searching for 4 foreigners who were seen drinking beers at a restuarant in Rawai.

Police raided the restaurant yesterday at a complaint from a woman who works for the local district office. She was out on a campaign pushing for locals to wear face masks when she noticed that some people were sitting at the Roxanne restuarant, having a beer. Photos as well as a video was sent to the police showing a group of 4 foreign men and 2 Thai women sitting at the restaurant together.

Along with police officers, local officials from the Muang District Office and Rawai Municipality showed up to the restuarant. Reports say the men were seen driving off on motorcycles just as as the team of 10 officers and public officials arrived. The beer was still on the table when police arrived.

Officers took the owner of the restaurant and 4 of the employees to the Chalong Police Station. The owner is facing charges of breach of the provincial order banning the sale of alcohol and allowing the consumption of alcohol on the premises.

Just last week, police raided a home in Cherngtalay, breaking up a gathering of 6 people. 2 men from the UK who work in Phuket were taken to the police station and fined 6,000 baht whilst police were still waiting for another 4 people to present themselves at the police station.

As part of the disease control measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, preparing Phuket for a possible Covid and quarantine-free reopening in July, officials have banned social activities and gatherings, with the expection of traditional events like funerals. Phuket authorities have warned that foreign residents who break the rules could be subject to being deported.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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12 Covid-19 violators busted drinking on Patong Beach

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PHOTO: A group drinking on the beach was arrested for violating Covid-19 restrictions. (via Freepik)

12 violators of Covid-19 restrictions, of Thai and foreign origin, have been arrested and taken into custody by police for gathering and drinking in public on Patong Beach. The Covid-19 measures currently in place in Phuket ban all get-togethers involving alcohol, limiting the number that can drink together to just 2 people. The group were arrested for violating this order and for drinking in public.

According to the police the group had 3 foreign men in it along with 5 Thai women and 3 Thai ladyboys, so for those keen at maths the details of the 12th person were not revealed. The Covid-19 rule violators were arrested Friday night in Patong on the walkway along the beach on Thaweewong Road, the popular beachfront road.

Police noted the specifics of their liquor stash, confirming that the group had 2 bottles and 8 cans of Thai beer, 2 imported beers, 4 wine coolers, 4 soda waters, and 2 bottles of Thai liquor. The stash was confiscated by the police.

The perpetrators were brought to Phuket town to the Phuket City Police Station. There they were met by the Phuket Vice governors and medical personnel from Vachira Phuket Hospital. The medics administered swab sample Covid-19 test to each member of the group of restriction violators.

The Vice Governor reminded people that these restrictions were put in place after more than 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 from a small group of people drinking together. That is why the regulations allow just two people together when alcohol is involved. He stressed that police and government officials have been instructed to crack down on violators to try to quickly curb the spread of Covid-19 for a chance at reopening to international tourism July 1st.

Officials asked the public to work together to attempt to eliminate the spread of Covid-19 in Phuket and instructed anybody who sees violators of the Covid-19 restrictions to contact the police immediately. Sentence and fine details were not yet available for the group of 12.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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