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Pamuke elected Chamber leader, again

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PHUKET: Pamuke Achariyachai yesterday resigned as Chairman of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce, but within minutes was re-elected to the post. K. Pamuke was originally elected Chairman on July 24 by a rump committee of just nine members, after the other 12 on the 21-man committee were found to be ineligible to serve because of membership irregularities. Of the nine present for that first election, just four voted for K. Pamuke as chairman, while two voted for another candidate and the remaining three abstained. With the membership irregularities resolved, the 12 disqualified committee members were reinstated, though four subsequently resigned, leaving 17, of whom 10 attended yesterday’s meeting. With no one else standing for election, K. Pamuke was re-elected unopposed and with no abstentions. After the meeting, K. Pamuke explained that he had resigned “because I wanted to reinstate the right to vote of those committee members [who were unable to vote in the July 24 election]”. Yesterday’s meeting also approved the resignation from the committee of one of its seven absent members, Piriya Tantipiriyakij of Muang Mai Chrysler. K. Pamuke said, “So, right now the committee consists of just 16 people. There will be another extraordinary meeting of the full membership as soon as possible in order to elect five more people to the committee to bring it up to the full 21. “The extraordinary meeting will also elect members to a subcommittee which will look at changes to the Chamber’s rules.” He added, “I told the committee members that we need to raise funds for the Chamber. We also need [as a committee] to get closer to the ordinary members in order to build up the strength of our organization. “The first event that will help to do this will be the charity ‘Moon and Pearl Dance Night’ organized by the Chamber at The Metropole hotel, Phuket Town, on September 8.”



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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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German man dies in Phuket motorcycle crash

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A German man has died after a motorbike crash in Thalang.

The Thalang Police were notified of the incident last night on Srisoonthorn Road in Baan Manik, Thalang.

The German man, 53 year old Carsten Elfried Koch, was the driver of a motorbike and sustained critical injuries as a result of the crash. He died at the scene.

Police believe that Mr Koch was heading back to his home in Cherng Talay at high speed. He lost control at a curve on the wet road.

His body was taken to the Thalang Hospital for an autopsy. Officials have informed the German Embassy in Thailand.

Police didn’t report if the man was wearing a bike helmet or not.

German man dies in Phuket motorcycle crash | News by The Thaiger

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Officers follow-up on slow loris tout on Phuket beach – VIDEO

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Phuket officials are searching for a ‘loris tout’ who was offering photographs with a slow loris at a Kata beach. (Some video of a slow loris below)

‘Angelina Bratukhina’ posted a video with a message read “Where are the police??!! It’s right now at Kata Noi beach.”

The man was offering photos with the slow loris for 200 -300 baht each time (a sign of local inflation, it used to be 100 baht).

The slow loris is a protected animal. Anyone who captures a slow loris can be fined up to 40,000 baht or imprisoned up to four years, or both.

The head of Khao Phra Thaeo non-hunting area in Thalang, Piyawat Sukhon says police are aware of the situation and are actively trying to track the tout down.

“We have searched for the man but not found him on the beach. He might circulate around Phuket’s beaches. Anyone who sees this kind of incident can call 191 or my number 089 873 7749.”

Where is police??!! It's right now at Kata Noy beach

Posted by Angelina Bratukhina on Sunday, March 17, 2019

 

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