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PHUKET: THE Patong Municipal Council has agreed to fund a study to look into building a new road to access Freedom Beach, crossing over public forest land in the area.

The road was among several proposals unanimously approved by the council during its budget meeting last week.

Patong Mayor Pian Keesin presided over the meeting, which was attended by 15 of the town’s 18 council members, more than enough to meet the quorum requirement of 14.

The council agreed to fund a study to upgrade the existing Ratprachanukrok Road, which heads north off Sirirat Road towards Patong’s southern headland before entering public forest land and turning into a dirt road.

The new road would connect with Muen Ngern Road near the Merlin Beach Resort. The cost of the study should not exceed 4 million baht, Mayor Pian said.

If the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is approved, the municipality will then move to find funding for the project, which would require the acquisition of over six rai (about one hectare) of protected forest land.

Upgrading the road would improve access from the south to Freedom Beach, Tri Trang Beach and Paradise Beach, which can currently only be accessed from the congested south end of Patong Beach via Muen Ngern Road.

It would also increase security for tourist and local residents by serving as a new evacuation route in the event of a tsunami or other natural disaster, Mayor Pian said.

Councilor Sahut Jarungklin, who voted to approve the study, said, “I am quite amazed at the pace of development that Patong has undergone, even reaching as far as Tri Trang Beach. However, we also have to consider related problems that will arise such as water and electricity supply as well as trash collection.”

Mayor Pian assured Councilor Sahut that all such issues would be addressed in due course if the project becomes a reality.

Another road project approved was the expansion of a 55-meter stretch of the narrow Nanai Soi 8, which runs along Klong Pak Lak connecting Nanai Road with Phang Muang Sai Kor Road, to eight meters wide. The budget approved was 2.5 million baht.

Although approving the proposal, councilman Prasert Patkor expressed concerns.

“If the road is expanded, taxis and tuk-tuks should not be allowed to obstruct traffic flow by parking in columns along both sides, like they already do in many other areas.

“If that is allowed to happen, it will further inconvenience motorists by narrowing the available road surface back down to what it was before, thus defeating the whole purpose,” he commented.

Mayor Pian assuaged his concerns by saying a meeting would be set up with “taxi businesses” to gain their co-operation, with local police responsible for enforcement of parking regulations.

Such a meeting should not be hard to arrange for Mr Pian, whose son Preechavude “Prab” Keesin is president of the Patong Taxi Federation and President of the Pisona Group of businesses that enjoys transport concessions throughout the town.

The end of term for the current council is June 26. New elections must take place within 45 days of that date.

— Atchaa Khamlo

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Phuket is set to get its own version of the popular game MONOPOLY and its creators want your help with ideas for the specialised tokens. ‘MONOPOLY: Phuket Edition’ was announced last month which will see the street art on the board game replaced with that of famous places around Thailand’s famous tourist destination. Such art will include beaches, hotels, shops, markets and other popular attractions.

Jennifer Lau from Winning Moves UK, is producing the game under official license from Monopoly brand owners, Hasbro. Lau says the tokens will feature a holiday theme. The token’s departure from the original theme of wheelbarrows, boots, iron, and thimbles as well as popular sports cars and hats.

“We have had a wealth of emails and suggestions coming in for Phuket, so thank you for each and every single one of them! We are taking them all into consideration whilst putting together the design of the game.”

“We wanted to change the tokens so that they would be more suitable for an island like Phuket, where so many people like to go on holiday to.”

“There will be six themed tokens that replace the original and we want to hear your suggestions for what these tokens should be!”

Bangkok has already been featured in the Monopoly game as it came out for purchase back in 2018.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket police officer charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring a noodle vendor

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The drunk, off-duty police officer in Phuket who has caught on camera shooting and beating a noodle vendor on Bangla Road is now facing attempted murder charges as well as charges of carrying a firearm in public without a necessary reason and firing a weapon in a public area. The commander of the Phuket police station said he ordered investigators to prosecute the officer Pornthep Channarong with every criminal charge that can be applied.

The officer had gotten into an altercation just before dawn yesterday and shot a young vendor who was walking by. Surveillance camera footage show the 25 year old suddenly falling to the ground after being shot. The officer walks up and shoots the vendor at a close range, but it appears the second shot did not hit the vendor. The officer also slapped the vendor in the face, picked him up and shoved him over, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The vendor has a 4 year old daughter and 3 month old son. His wife says normally he works as a motorbike driver, but he was helping his mother selling noodles. He was shot while he was walking back from collecting a noodle bowl, she says. The vendor is in critical condition and being cared for at Vachira Phuket Hospital’s intensive care unit. He’s in need of Type B blood.

“For his condition, the doctor told me that the bullet went through his lung. He lost a lot of blood. We need a lot of Type B blood for him.”

A disciplinary investigation into the incident was launched by police and Pornthep was officially dismissed from the Royal Thai Police force. Region 8 Police Commander Kitrat Panpetch says the incident does not reflect the police force in Phuket.

“The incident was caused by an officer who did something wrong that our organisation does not want. We are a big organisation with more than 200,000 officers under our control. Our officers are not all bad like this.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says he has reminded the police chiefs across the island to discuss reasons for carrying firearms in public.

“Carrying firearms is to prevent any type of crime that may happen, not to commit a crime by themselves like this incident. If I see any police doing such a thing, I will decisively proceed in terms of both officer discipline and criminal charges.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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