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Officials inspect wrecked Kamala resort

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KAMALA: Kathu’s top official paid an inspection visit on Wednesday evening to the tsunami-damaged Kamala Bay Terrace Resort, where he asked the hotel’s sole remaining employee to try to organize a clean-up as soon as possible.

Kathu District Chief Khantee Silapa, accompanied Phuket Provincial Security Affairs Chief Nikorn Torhiranyapreuk, said the visit was prompted by a complaint to the Phuket Damrongtham Center, which serves as the provincial ombudsman’s office.

The complaint, lodged by a Kamala businessman, charged that the resort had failed to conduct any clean-up in the eight months following the tsunami and is an eyesore threatening the recovery of the tourism industry in the area.

Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura, originally scheduled to attend as well, called in to cancel at the last moment because he was busy with visiting Sports and Tourism Minister Pracha Maleenont.

There to meet the officials was the resort’s accountant, Arom Nanna, who told the Gazette that she was under orders from the resort’s Indonesian owner not to take any action at the site until claims with the insurance company had been cleared up.

She explained that the owner was facing financial difficulty because he had suffered tsunami losses not only in Phuket, but also in his native country.

K. Arom added that she had worked for the hotel for 10 years and was serving as its representative because she was the only employee still on the payroll – the hotel’s security guards are provided by an outside contractor.

K. Khantee, who said he sympathized with the owner’s plight, told the Gazette that he had already ordered the Kamala Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) to clean up public areas surrounding the property.

He did not, however, order a fence to be put up around the property as that would be expensive, possibly illegal, and in his view was not really justified by the current condition of the resort.

He asked K. Arom to ask the owner to do his best to clean up the site as soon as possible.

K. Nikorn said he would report the results of the visit to Gov Udomsak.



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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.

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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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