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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died
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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died last night in California.

In a statement, Apple’s Board of Directors confirmed the passing of Jobs. “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” the statement said. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

It added: “His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Phuket tennis tourney shaping up
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The Thailand Pro Circuit tennis tournament hits Phuket for the first time later this month, from October 29 to November 12, with the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC) playing host to the Chang International Tennis Federation (ITF) event.

The winner of the pre-tournament Thanyapura Tennis Challenge 2011, on October 14-16 at the same venue, will gain a wild card for the ITF event.

With prize money of US$10,000, the men’s ITF competition is set to attract leading international and Thai pros who play on the satellite circuit.

Both tournaments will be played on state-of-the-art Plexicushion tennis courts, also used at the Australian Open.

TSLC vice president David Roberts said being granted an international tournament is a testament to the club’s commitment to developing world-class facilities for both professionals and amateurs.

“It is an honour to host Phuket’s first ITF event at the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club,” Roberts said. “These satellite tournaments are a breeding ground for young tennis players to learn about the rigours of life on the tennis circuit and I am sure it will be the start of a long relationship between the ITF and the TSLC to promote the sport in Phuket and attract more players to their circuit.”

The tournament is sponsored by the Phuket Gazette.

Listeria outbreak claims 18th victim in the United States
Phuket Gazette

The death toll as a result of the listeria outbreak in the United States has risen to at least 18, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC has recorded some 100 cases in 20 different states with the most deaths being documented in the states of Colorado and New Mexico, where five people have died in each state. Other states which have reported deaths include Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Maryland, and Kansas.

The FDA had previously issued a press release on September 14 to announce that Jensen Farms issued a voluntary recall of its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes after being linked to a multistate outbreak of listeriosis.

However, even though the recalled cantaloupe should be off store shelves, additional people with the illness may be reported because of the time lag between diagnosis and laboratory confirmation. In addition, it can take up to two months between eating contaminated food and developing listeriosis, meaning that further cases may continue to appear in coming months.

The CDC has especially warned older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women as being more vulnerable to the disease, warning all consumers not to eat Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes. However, the agency noted that cantaloupes which are known to not have come from Jensen Farms are safe to eat.

Listeria is a serious bacterial disease with a mortality rate of over 25 percent and is usually acquired through consumption of contaminated food, as is the case in the current outbreak.

— Gazette Editors

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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

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The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

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Police have yet to investigate illegal hiring of foreign teachers at international school in Phuket

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Chalong police in Phuket say they have yet to start investigating the illegal hiring of foreign teachers at an international school in Rawai, south of the island. Palm House International School allegedly hired foreign teachers illegally in which 2 were arrested by Phuket Immigration police on November 4.

Somkiet Sarasin, the leading investigator of the case, says the 2 Brits were informed that police were processing a charge of working illegally in the country against them, in which both denied the charges. Somkiet says the 2 were released on bail, but did not confirm the amount of bail that was set by the police.

“They are still staying in Thailand. I am not worried. I have their passports. I am not available to explain [any details] because the investigation is still ongoing.”

“This is normal for an investigation when the suspects deny the charge against them. I have to check more information against their claims. This case will probably be concluded next month.”

However, the investigation has yet to begin, with Somkiet saying he has not even questioned the owner of the school, despite his claims the case would be finished next month.

“The investigation into the school will take time. The investigation into the two British people must be finished first.”

Such allegations of foreign teachers working illegally have recently been in the news after Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn School, in the central province of Nonthaburi, saw 7 foreign teachers probed for being hired illegally. That school, along with others in its private network, made nationwide news after CCTV caught a Thai teacher hitting, pushing and dragging a young student in the classroom. Such widespread violence against students has long been a sad component of many Thai schools, in which some of the teachers are unqualified and unlicensed to teach, but are hired anyway.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket sees 300 million baht boost over long holiday weekend

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand says that Phuket has received a much-needed 300 million baht boost over the 4 day long weekend with around 54,000 tourists flocking to the island from last Thursday through to yesterday.

Phuket Office Director Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, reports that the average expenditure per visitor was about 5,500 baht, which was higher than the average spend for a Thai tourist to Phuket 2 years ago. She also noted that random checks on hotels showed that occupancy rates climbed to about 35%, with most guests staying 2 nights. But most of Phuket’s hotels remain closed.

Nanthasiri also says that many of the tourists concentrated themselves in the Phuket Old Town area, especially around Thalang Road, Phang Nga Road, and Dibuk Road in order to enjoy at the Sino-Portuguese shophouse architecture and historical locations. In fact much of Phuket Town, including its many markets and alley eateries, were doing roaring business, The Thaiger can vouch for the heavy traffic, on the roads and footpaths, over the past 4 days.

“This special holiday made Phuket tourism livelier, even though it was not as same as the situation before the Covid-19 pandemic.”

In fact, despite the welcome surge of visitors, it was still a long, long way from its previous tourist levels with much of the west coast, which has largely catered for the international tourist traffic, was still very quiet in places like Patong, Kata and Karon.

Phuket wasnt the only destination that has profited off of the long weekend as Chiang Mai saw droves of Thai tourists visiting its Royal Park Rajapruek as well as the northern city’s other nearby national parks and tourist areas. Visitors came from all over to see the blossoming of flowers in a beautiful display at the park as well as enjoying the air-purifying flowers as they relaxed. Tourists were able to rent a bicycle for 60 baht if they wanted to exercise while taking in the scenery and could also pay a visit to the orchid greenhouse, which hosts a variety of orchids in bloom. TripAdvisor recommends to set aside 2 hours to visit the park.

Next holiday weekend, on November 27 and 28, Pattaya is expected to get a tourism boost as its annual fireworks festivalis set to bring in travellers who have taken advantage of package deals offered by some beachside hotels. Such packages were offered for advance bookings, where holidaymakers could view the firework shows on the rooftops of their hotels. The firework displays are said to be long with breaks of entertainment-packed shows, featuring live music and student bands amongst others.

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