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Phuket Vegetarian Festival schedule update

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PHUKET: With the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in full swing, Phuket’s Chinese temples are packed with worshipers wearing white from early morning until late at night, and the surrounding roads are lined with meat-free food stalls, strung with yellow garlands and red lanterns.

Below is the schedule of processions and other vegetarian festival related activities taking place at Phuket’s Chinese shrines and temples today and tomorrow.

The Vegetarian Festival is celebrated in Phuket from October 18 to October 26.

To see a map of Phuket’s Chinese shrines and temples click here.

Thursday, October 22

Kathu Shrine

05.00 Worship of Gods

07.00 Street Procession to Patong Beach

18.00 Worship of Gods

20.00 Selection process to find servants for Priests in the next Vegetarian Festival

Jui Tui Shrine

Worship of Gods

Bang Neow Shrine

15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

20.00 Seven Stars Worship

Ban Tha Rue Shrine

07.30 Street Procession in Phuket Town

Sui Boon Tong Shrine

20.00 Worship of Gods

24.00 Propitiation of Gods

Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine

05.00 Worship of Gods

15.09 Food Offering to Warriors

18.00 Worship of Gods

Cherng Thalay Shrine

15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

20.09 Seven Stars Worship

23.00 Worship of Gods

Yokkekeng Shrine

07.30/20.00 Worship of Gods

Sapam Shrine

19.00 Street Procession in Sapam Village

Bangkoo Shrine

20.30 Worship of Gods

Jang Ong Shrine

06.30 Street Procession in Sapam Village

15.45 Worship of Gods

Tae Gun Tai Tae Shrine

07.15 Street Procession in Pasak Village and Ban Don Market

15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

20.00 Worship of Gods

Gim Tsu Ong Shrine

20.00 Worship and of Gods

21.45 Seven Stars Worship

Choor Su Gong Naka Shrine

07.09 Street Procession in Wichit Municipality Area

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kathu Shrine

05.00 Worship of Gods

16.00 Food Offering to Warriors

18.00 Worship of Gods

Jui Tui Shrine

09.30 Spirit Propitiation of Past Participants of the Vegetarian Festival.

15.09 Food Offering to Warriors

20.00 Fire Walking at Saphan Hin Park

Bang Neow Shrine

06.00 Street Procession in Phuket Town

15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

Ban Tha Rue Shrine

17.00 Food Offering to Warriors

20.00 Fire Walking

Sui Boon Tong Shrine

15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

19.00 Worship of Gods

21.00 Fire Walking

Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine

05.00 Worship of Gods

15.09 Food Offering to Warriors

18.00 Worship of Gods

Cherng Thalay Shrine

05.30 Worship of Gods

07.30 Street Procession in Thalang District

15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

19.30 Worship of Gods

21.30 Random Selection to Find Servants to Priests in the Next Vegetarian Festival

Yokkekeng Shrine

07.30 Worship of Gods

15.30 Food Offering to Warriors

20.00 Fire Walking

Sapam Shrine

15.45 Food Offering to Warriors

21.00 Fire Walking

Bangkoo Shrine

16.00 Food Offering to Warriors

18.00 Worship of Gods

19.45 Seven Stars bladed-Ladder Climbing

Jang Ong Shrine

15.45 Food Offering to Warriors

20.00 Fire Walking

Tae Gun Tai Tae Shrine

15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

19.00 Worship of Gods

Gim Tsu Ong Shrine

08.45 Street Procession in Mai Khao Village

15.00 Food Offering to Warriors

20.00 Worship of Gods

Choor Su Gong Naka Shrine

09.30 Spirit Propitiation of Past Participants of the Vegetarian Festival

16.45 Food Offering to Warriors

— Gazette Reporters

 

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British citizens fined 6,000 baht each for illegal ‘party’ in Phuket

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An unedited video circulating, showing Phuket police raiding an illegal gathering in Cherngtalay, ended up with 2 UK citizens, working in Phuket, being fined 6,000 baht each. The Cherngtalay police are also calling on another 4 foreigners attending the party to present themselves to the police station to be charged as well.

Cherngtalay Police descended on the property around 5pm on Sunday following a tip-off from residents in the same street.

The video shows the police at the front gate of the property demanding entry… “Open, open, open the door… now!” The people inside the gate shouted back “no party”. The policeman leading the raid was Capt Prasan Ketsaro. Despite a number of other foreigners, and Thais, at the gathering, only the 2 British people attending the event were fined after being taken to the station.

British citizens fined 6,000 baht each for illegal 'party' in Phuket | News by ThaigerThey were officially charged with “acting against the Communicable Diseases Act, BE 2558 and the Phuket Provincial Order #2284/2564 Section 5,” according to the police report.

At the end of April the Phuket governor made an announcement, tightening restrictions for the island province.

“For social activities, all people must refrain gathering for celebration, such as birthday parties, welcome or farewell parties, or others, except traditional events, such as funerals, weddings, or ordination.”

At the time the vice governor of Phuket said that foreigners breaking the rule could also be subject to being deported. Foreign consular officials were also invited to the provincial offices with Governor asking them to ensure the citizens they represented would abide by the current rules and restrictions.

The video of what appears to be an afternoon soirée, complete with alcoholic drinks and a barbecue, was deemed by the attending police to be in clear contravention of the current restrictions, a point that the lead police officer, doing all the talking, kept making as he beckoned everyone inside the house to come out.

“Everybody, outside. Come one, come on, outside!”

None of the foreigners were wearing face masks in the early phases of the video although the Thai people inside the property either were, or were quick to put them on as the cameras were rolling.

The police kept berating and accusing the people inside the property… “you come for party”. They pointed to a pile of iced drinks on the verandah of the property (which contained wine, beer and other beverages)… “what is this, what is this?”

Any conversation was a bit one-sided with the Captain doing most of the talking whilst the owners of the property, and their guests, were at least trying to explain their situation.

The accusations were flying thick and fast “Why party?! You party!”

The foreigners insisted it wasn’t a party and were trying to reason with the police about the intentions of the afternoon’s gathering but the police had already made up their mind.

The lead police told the accused that they could take photos of the ‘raid’. The Thaiger has decided not to air the video but have shared some edited screenshots.

British citizens fined 6,000 baht each for illegal 'party' in Phuket | News by ThaigerBritish citizens fined 6,000 baht each for illegal 'party' in Phuket | News by ThaigerBritish citizens fined 6,000 baht each for illegal 'party' in Phuket | News by Thaiger

A lot of the social media commentary about the incident has focussed on whether the gathering was a “party” or not and accusations that the attending police were just after some tea money.

“The high crimes and misdemeanours of having drinks and a BBQ in your garden “

“What party? Even the mosque in Bang Tao is packed everyday, local Thai restaurants are packed – this it outrageous.”

“Pretty strange…. a good way to make money.”

“What a country this place is turning into.”

“The video is on all the Thai news site… and it not look like a party at all.”

The names of the people involved in the raid have been published in other media.

 

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Americans in Thailand urge US to provide Covid-19 vaccines to citizens overseas

Tanutam Thawan

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Thai officials say expats living in Thailand will be included in the government’s mass Covid-19 vaccination plan, but exactly when that will be is still up in the air. With foreign embassies in Thailand clearly stating that they will not assist with providing citizens living overseas with vaccines, expats are relying on the Thai government.

A number of Americans are now urging the US government to provide Covid-19 vaccines to citizens living in Thailand. And with the recent outbreak linked to the more contagious variant of the virus, getting a vaccine in Thailand has become more pressing.

A “Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force” of Democrats Abroad Thailand members, as well as those from American organisations based in Thailand, is calling on the US government to deliver vaccines to citizens living in Thailand, chairperson of Democrats Abroad Thailand and a United Nations consultant, Paul Risley, told VOA.

“Americans who live abroad need to be vaccinated for the same reasons that Americans who live in the United States need to be vaccinated… Because it’s the only way to stop Covid-19.”

If an American were to travel back to the US for a vaccine, they would still need to stay in a hotel or certified facility for a 14-day quarantine at their own expense when re-entering Thailand. Along with getting together the required paperwork, they would need to go through numerous Covid-19 tests including before the flight, upon arrival and before being released from quarantine. The flights to and from the US can end up being more than 20 hours per trip and add up to thousands of dollars in travel costs.

For the vast majority of Americans in Thailand, flying back to the US is the only way to get vaccinated at the moment. The US Embassy in Bangkok says vaccines will not be provided for US citizens living overseas.

The Department of State does not provide direct medical care, including vaccinations, to private U.S. citizens abroad. We are committed to providing all possible consular assistance to U.S. citizens in need overseas, including by providing information on local medical resources when appropriate. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

At a recent Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “all people who reside in Thailand, regardless of their nationality, are eligible to receive the vaccine under the government’s plan.”

Mass vaccination campaigns are being rolled out in high-risk areas, such as Bangkok’s Khlong Toey slum where a cluster of infections was reported, as well as Phuket and Koh Samui, tourist islands that are said to be of “economic significance.” Health officials are trying to hit herd immunity on the 2 islands to reopen to foreign tourists.

Expats in Phuket who have a valid work permit can now register for a state Covid-19 vaccine. The registration must be under the company name and expats are told to have the company’s human resources staff assist with the registration process.

While no official announcement has been made regarding expats in Koh Samui, some foreigners who work as English teachers on the island say they have received both doses of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine. Schools apparently helped with the registration process, but some teachers say they told to keep quiet about getting the vaccine. Some did not receive a vaccine certificate or any other documentation confirming that they are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

SOURCE: VOA

 

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ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in Phuket are close to a “critical” low

Tanutam Thawan

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Covid-19 patients in severe condition may have to been transferred from a government hospital in Phuket to a private hospital as the number of available hospital beds at public intensive care units in Phuket is close to a “critical” low, according to Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Chalermpong Sukontapol.

There are 9 ICU rooms at the Vachira Phuket Hospital. 5 are being used for Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms while the other 4 rooms are for those with mild symptoms and are under observation before being moved to another bed.

“If the 9 rooms are full of severe symptom cases, that will be a big critical stage. We may need to transfer our patients to other provinces or private hospitals, which may involve additional costs.”

He says 50% of the Covid-19 patients in Phuket are asymptomatic while 30% have mild symptoms and 10% have severe symptoms. For most of those with severe symptoms, the virus has moved to their lungs and they are in need of special equipment, like ventilators, to help them breathe and Charlempong says those patients need to be under close observation.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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