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Pheu Thai opens office in Phuket

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Pheu Thai opens office in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHUKET: The opposition Pheu Thai Party has launched a bid to win seats in southern provinces in upcoming elections by setting up operations centers in key Andaman Coast provinces, including Phuket.

Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said at the Phuket center’s opening ceremony on June 24, “We are ready to fight for representation in the next elections. Phuket is the first step.”

Along with Mr Prompong, the ceremony was attended by party leaders including Southern Region President Pichet Sathirachawal, former Finance Minister Suchart Thadathamrongwet, former Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 8 Pol Maj Gen Thawat Boonfueng, Red Siam group leader Surachai Danwattananusorn and around 200 Andaman red-shirt group members.

The new center, to be managed by Sorrathus Tanyalappitak, is located in a three-story commercial building in Phuket City Home residential estate in Rassada. It will initially oversee the party’s work in four provinces: Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Ranong.

The effort is part of a drive by the red-shirt-allied Pheu Thai Party to gain a foothold in the predominantly ‘yellow’ Southern provinces, most of which are represented in Parliament by Democrat MPs.

Mr Pichet said the party has divided the 14 provinces of the South into three ‘regions’: Andaman Coast, Gulf Coast, and border regions. Each will be developed with different strategies depending on local needs.

In the Andaman region, the Pheu Thai Party aims to push Phuket as a special economic or duty free zone in order to boost the tourism industry. They would also continue the ongoing expansion of Phuket International Airport, a project that dates back to the Thaksin era, he said.

The party would also like to build a railway link from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Coast in order to facilitate easier passage of shipping containers from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean. The long-dormant and now derelict route, first cleared by the Japanese Army during World War II, runs from the coast in Prachuab Kiri Khan province to Ranong.

Party strategy for the Gulf region, which covers Songkhla, Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Chumphon as well as the landlocked province of Phatthalung, is to continue agricultural development projects, Mr Pichet said.

The third ‘border’ region comprises Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Satun as well as Trang, which does not have a border with Malaysia.

The Pheu Thai Party will follow a proposal by Party President General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh to turn the region into a “special administrative region” in the hope of creating a sustainable resolution to the ongoing insurgency.

Party spokesman Mr Prompong said that although the South of Thailand is rich in natural and human resources, it’s development has proceeded slowly.

The Pheu Thai Party would be better at managing these resources than the current government, he claimed.

The Phuket center will receive suggestions and complaints from citizens about current government polices in their effort to tailor Pheu Thai Party policies for the Andaman region.

Current Democrat Party PM Abhisit Vejjajiva “is not mature enough to govern the country, as he has not kept his word and solved the problems the nation faces,” Mr Prompong said.

The Southern region needs representation from parties other than the Democrat Party to provide checks and balances to the government, he said.

We now have three or four candidates [for Pheu Thai] in Phuket and we really need someone with good intentions and support from the people; not just a rich person or someone with a famous family name,” he said.

Comparing the party’s strategy to a football match, Mr Prompong said, “Politics is like the World Cup; there is always a chance to hit a goal. I’m quite sure Parliament will be dissolved soon, and we need to be ready.”

The party plans to open Pheu Thai Party centers in every province in the South, he added.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan

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Swiss man accused of overstaying visa and theft charges

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Swiss man accused of overstaying visa and theft charges | The Thaiger

by Kamthon Kongsombat

PHOTO: Security footage from the Phuket jewelry store in December 2018 – Facebook

The Immigration Bureau says they’re going to blacklist and deport a Swiss man who overstayed his visa and is also accused of series of thefts in Nongkhai and Phuket.

The Nongkhai deputy immigration police chief Colonel Prasit Somjaiprasong says that Julien Andre Junior Cotting, a 25  year old Swiss national, was arrested yesterday at a guest house near the Mekong River in Nongkhai on theft charge.

He was arrested after 42 year old Sai-arun Konwan, the owner of the Chorfah Gallery Hotel in Muang district, filed complaint with police that a foreigner had stolen her bag that she left in the hotel’s lobby on January 8.

She told police that she noticed Cotting having coffee in the lobby. Security camera checked later showed the suspect picking up her handbag and leaving on a rented motorcycle.

The handbag contained 1,000 baht cash, an ATM and other credit cards as well as other important documents.

Sai-arun said Cotting was a regular customer at the hotel’s coffee shop.

After the complaint, police searched for the suspect and noticed a suspicious-looking foreigner at a guesthouse. His passport revealed that he was Cotting and he had overstayed his visa.

After Sai-arun identified the suspect it was found that he had an outstanding arrest warrant on a theft charge in Phuket province where he allegedly stole a diamond ring in December, 2018.

Cotting faces charges of theft and overstaying his visa and will be prosecuted and deported, immigration authorities said.

ไชยยศ ไชยพฤกษ์ covered the story in Phuket last year. Here’s one of the photos from that post…

Swiss man accused of overstaying visa and theft charges | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation

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What to do if a pet tests positive for Rabies

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What to do if a pet tests positive for Rabies | The Thaiger

PHOTO: PR Department

An announcement about animals in a Rabies Outbreak Zone.

These are things that pet owners must do when it has tested positive for rabies.

• Pet owners must follow Animal Epidemics Act 2015.

• No person may move an infected animal or carcass specified in such announcement into, out of, through or within such zone unless they have written permission from the veterinarian who is responsible for such area.

• Anyone who does not follow the guidelines shall be fined up to 40,000 baht or jailed up to two years.

In any event, follow the guidelines of your local vet and consult the authorities in such a situation.

A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Read more about the establishment of the ‘zone’ HERE and a response from the Soi Dog Foundation HERE.



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Soi Dog Foundation responds to Rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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Soi Dog Foundation responds to Rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | The Thaiger

Following the announcement form the Phuket Livestock Development Office that a rabies outbreak zone was set in Chalong area yesterday (January 17), Soi Dog Foundation Co-Founder, John Dalley, explained about the incident as the dog, which was indeed infected with rabies, was sent to Soi Dog Foundation for treatment after it was found very sick. It is the first dog which was found positive for rabies after several years in the one and only ‘Rabies Free’ zone of Thailand – Phuket.

A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Read more HERE.

“A dog was brought into Soi Dog by our dog catchers after it was reported to be vomiting and unable to stand,” said John Dalley.

“It received treatment for several days but did not respond, and symptoms of staggering and being unable to open its mouth, and head tilted to one side led our veterinary staff to suspect rabies as these are classic symptoms.”

“The dog was euthanised and its body sent to the Government testing laboratory. The result indicated that the dog was positive to rabies, the first positive case seen in a dog on Phuket for many years.”

Right after the rabies was detected, Soi Dog Foundation has worked closely with the local Livestock Development Office in order to control the situation.

“Soi Dog are working closely with the Department of Livestock to vaccinate all dogs within a 5 kilometres radius of where the dog was picked up. Soi Dog will focus on strays and the DLD on owned dogs.”

He urged that people shouldn’t be panicked about the situation but be always aware about the importance of vaccination if they get bitten (or scratched or licked on an open wound).

“There is no cause for alarm. We see numerous positive cases in dogs in Bangkok, but no human cases have occurred there in the past 12 months. The traditional picture of a rabid dog foaming at the mouth and attacking people is not a true picture, as with this dog. Anybody being bitten by a dog at any time should always immediately wash the wound with soap and water and go along to their local clinic or hospital to receive the necessary injections.”

John also mentioned about the message that Soi Dog Foundation has been trying to tell government, entrepreneurs as well as people in general that importing unvaccinated puppies to the safe zone like Phuket can be the cause that brings rabies back in the area.

“Although this is likely an isolated incident it should be noted that Soi Dog has repeatedly, over the years, warned of the dangers and requested successive governors to stop the hundreds of very young puppies being imported to Phuket each year for sale at markets and pet stores, but nothing has ever been done. We hope the new Governor will take action. These puppies are generally coming from uncontrolled puppy farms in rabies endemic areas.”

“Puppies cannot be vaccinated against rabies until they are at least 12 weeks old and are reliant on the mother’s immunity providing she has some. The case of a puppy seller in Chatuchak market dying from a bite from a puppy shows the danger.”

“In addition, removing vaccinated sterilised dogs from the street increases the chances of rabies spreading. The World Health Organistion, The Food and Agriculture Division of the United Nations, The World Organisation for Animal Health and The Global Alliance for Rabies Control have issued joint statements advising that the way to eliminate rabies in humans is to eliminate it in dogs first as much cheaper and more effective to do that.

If 70% or more of dogs in a country are vaccinated and strict controls on entry imposed, then you will eliminate rabies.

If you remove vaccinated dogs and put them in a pound, then you are reducing the number of dogs on the street that are vaccinated which allows for others to take their place that may not be vaccinated.”

If a member of the public sees a dog that is staggering or unable to stand then they can call the Soi Dog Helpline on 076 681 029.

Soi Dog Foundation responds to Rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The Thaiger

Rabies control in Chiang Mi last year

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