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Phuket braces for Children’s Day

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PHUKET: Phuket will be abuzz with activity tomorrow as kids celebrate Children’s Day across the island.

Free activities for children will be available at the following times and locations:

Patong

Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukhaban will open events at Loma Park at 8:30am. Activities involve games and performances, a bicycle giveaway and a scholarship handover ceremony for about 5,000 lucky recipients. Activities finish at 3pm.

Phuket FantaSea, Kamala

Children will be admitted free for a wide variety of activities at the Hunsa Village from 3pm to 5pm.

Activities include a white tiger show, a sea life exhibition at the Similan Entertainment Center plus fun fishing activities, and a mini-concert by Viva Bangkok. Mascots, mermaids and other exciting figures will be on hand as kids enjoy popcorn, sweets and soft drinks. There will also be gifts and prizes for lucky boys and girls.

For more information call 076-385000 ext 830-2.

Phuket Aquarium, Cape Panwa

There will be a wide variety of free activities including a “cave feeding” show, a sea clean-up rally competition, quiz contest and other fun games.

A free aquarium design and decoration exhibit, already on display, will last until the end of the month.

For more information call 076–391126 or 076-391041.

Srisoonthorn

Srisoonthorn Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) President Tanti Wirach will host fun activities in front of the Srisoonthorn OrBorTor offices from 8:30am to 3pm.

Fun activities will include raffles, balloon popping and coloring competitions. Children will be able to have their pictures taken with vintage cars, ride in all-terrain vehicles, sing karaoke and have their picture taken with President Tanti Wirach in his office.

For more information call 076-617803 or 076-272852.

Wichit

Wichit OrBorTor President Kreetar Saetan will be on hand to lead the exciting activities at the Wichit Municipality offices, where lots of prizes and gifts will be given away starting at 8:30am.

Fun activities will include coloring and painting competitions as well as a magic show. Many gifts and prizes will be given away all day.

Call 076-525100 for more information.

Kathu

Free activities will be held at Prince of Songkla University Phuket Campus on Wichit Songkram Road. Children will also be admitted free-of-charge to the newly-opened Kathu Tin Mining Museum from 8:30am to 4:30pm. For more information call 076-321500.

Phuket Rajabhat University, Rassada

A full day of fun activities from 8am to 3pm.

Phuket City

Phuket City Municipality will host a number of fun activities at the Saphan Hin Sports Center, including special exhibitions from municipal schools, a remote-controlled model airplane demonstration and educational exhibits by government offices including the Land Transport Department that will focus on road safety.

Royal Thai Navy Base, Cape Panwa

From 8:30am to 3pm a number of exhibitions and events will be open to the public, as follows:

8:30am: Special exhibition and chance to board Royal Thai Navy ship Bangpakong as well as Navy helicopters, followed by a welcome ceremony for Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Commander and staged shows. Activities will include lucky draw prize giveaway, a kids’ quiz contest, weapons display and a model airplane exhibition.

Noon: Lunch.

1am: Weapons display

2pm: Emergency rescue demonstration by a Navy special operations unit.

2:30pm: Prize and gift giveaway.

3pm: Closing ceremony

For more information call 076-391826.

Mai Khao

Mai Khao OrBorTor will host fun activities all day behind the OrBorTor offices.

Laguna Phuket

Children are invited to attend the Children’s Day celebrations at the garden opposite Canal Village Shopping Center from 1pm to 4pm.

The event will include such activities as stage performances, games, and arts and crafts. This annual event aims to strengthen relations among the local communities and encourage a positive family interaction among event-goers. Resort guests are welcome to take part.

Bangkok Hospital Phuket

Activities from 9am to noon, featuring a traditional puppet show at 10am.

Jungceylon, Patong

Enjoy a special day of activities with a performance by Shelldon and his friends under the sea in Shell Land. Lots of fun activities and free gifts at the Port Zone at Jungceylon shopping complex. Registration begins at 10:30am and the fun kicks off at 11am. Four Shelldon Shows will take place, starting at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm. Closing ceremony begins at 5:30pm.

For more information call 076-600111.

Other activities

Free dental examination and fluoride treatments from 9am to noon at the Doctor Ou Dental Clinic, located near SengHo Bookstore in Phuket Town. Snacks and gifts for all. For more information call 076-210069 or 089-6527910.

Note: The above information is from a variety of Internet sources. The Gazette will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, changes or cancellations.

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Phuket’s water bosses claim there will be enough water

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PHOTO: Bang Neow Dam in Thalang, just a few muddy ponds

Well into the second half of the Phuket wet season and the three main dams are well below capacity, Bang Wad Dam just over 13% capacity and the Bang Neow Dam in Thalang district around 5%, mostly unusable muddy ponds. The newer Khlong Katha in Chalong is at a much higher level, about 30% of capacity.

But this time of the year the three dams need to be well on their way to full capacity if the island is to get through the high tourists season and dry season without a repeat of last year’s muddle where provincial obfuscation and confusion put the health of thousands of residents at risk by cutting off their water supply and water trucks became more populous than passenger vans.

The lack of water also co-incides with increased development and more tourists arriving each year.

Now the Director of the Phuket Provincial Irrigation Office, Somsawat Chaisinsod, is calling for province administrators and the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority to begin water saving campaigns as the annual heavy rains in October may not arrive or be less frequent. The suggestion of water ‘restrictions’ was not mentioned in the meeting.

At a meeting attended by Phuket’s Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana, Mr. Somsawat claimed that the island’s annual rainfall, for the first seven months of 2019, has only been 10% less than average.

But the dams are a LOT more than 10% lower in capacity. In the case of the Bang Neow Dam in Srisoontorn, it’s virtually empty.

A representative from the PWA said that the Authority is currently buying 45,000 cubic metres of water per day from undisclosed “private sources” to top up the island’s potable water needs.

“The PWA is in the process of securing water supply from a new supplier to improve the water supply and reduce the volume of water drawn from the dams.”

Meanwhile Prapan Kanprasang, chief of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Phuket, told The Phuket News he “believes Phuket has enough water to the island through the next dry season, after the annual rains cease early November”.

“We have enough water to use.”

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Norwegian out on bail following death of British man at Centara Grand Resort in Phuket

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SCREENSHOT: bbc.com

The bbc.com are reporting that a British man died at the Centara Grand Hotel in Phuket in a fight after telling another guest to “keep the noise down” as his wife and son tried to sleep, according to the man’s family.

The details in the BBC report conflict with earlier local reports out of Phuket.

The BBC report says that 34 year old Amitpal Singh Bajaj from the UK complained about noise from the next room at the five-star Centara Grand Hotel on Karon beachfront in Phuket.

The man’s family claims that another man forced his way into their room via the balcony early on Wednesday, August 21. The family claims that the man strangled Mr Bajaj.

In a statement Amitpal’s 34 year old wife Bandhna Kaur Bajaj described to police how the attacker “barged” into their room naked and attacked her husband.

“My husband sacrificed his life to save my son’s life and mine. He will always be our hero.”

“My husband tried to block the man and move me and my son away. As the man was kicking, punching and just, beating him up, my husband told me to please leave and save our son,” according to the BBC report.

The rendering of the report from the BBC is quite different from Phuket’s local news reports.

In Phuket reports it stated that a fight started at 4am, when the British man Amitpal Singh Bajaj confronted Norwegian Roger Bullman over the amount of noise coming from his room.

“Mr Bullman was drunk, and security had already visited his room twice to ask him to keep the noise down. When Mr Bajaj confronted him, he stabbed Mr Bullman in the shoulder with a steak knife.

Mr Bullman, trained in martial arts, then got the British man in a choke hold and maintained his grip on him. He says he did not mean to kill him, and did not think he had.”

The BBC report says that Mrs Bajaj grabbed the couple’s 2 year old son and fled the hotel room to look for help. She says she ran down a staircase and hid under a tree with her son in her arms while calling the reception from her mobile to tell them what had happened.

“I asked the reception to please make sure someone attends to my husband… “please give him some medical help, I’m very scared, I’ve escaped”, according to the BBC report.

“I could still hear the attacker screaming. I didn’t want to be attacked.”

Mr Amitpal was taken to Patong Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a Norwegian citizen has been arrested in Thailand and is being provided consular assistance.

According to Phuket News, Karon police said that “Mr Bullman had been released on bail posted at the court, but was unable to confirm how much bail was posted at. Reports in the Norwegian media said that bail was posted at about 200,000 baht.”

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Huawei technology working with the ‘smart city’ project in Phuket

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Huawei Technologies impressed participants at this week’s ASEAN Smart Cities Network Conference & Exhibition in Bangkok with its white paper on smart city development in Phuket.

The paper aims to drive Thailand 4.0 initiatives to pave the way for major digital and infrastructure development in Phuket, one of Thailand’s pilot smart cities, and to provide insights and guidance on an integrated framework needed for a successful and sustainable urban transformation.

Inspired by Thailand 4.0 economic development program launched in 2016, the paper focuses on a practical ideas that helps empower Phuket communities for digital future.

Huawei conducted an assessment and case studies on the services and utilities required for a fully-developed smart city. The resulting white provides comprehensive insights into action plans to transform Phuket into a smart city by 2020.

The services include smart energy and utilities, smart mobility, smart environment, smart living and smart economy while the enablers are smart governance, smart infrastructure and smart people.

In his opening address, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa)’s president Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanpatcharin noted that thanks to the support from the National Smart City Committee and organizations from both public and private sectors, the smart city developments have already begun in 6 prioritized cities: Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and 3 EEC provinces.

“As one of our pilot cities, Phuket needs a clear development plan and a sustainable management model in order to fully transform into a smart city in 2020, this white paper will surely help facilitate smart city project for Phuket and other smart city candidates as well.”

Chanchai Tanatkatrakul, Principal, Roland Berger Thailand added: “We looked at global best practices and analysed local issues and requirements to develop this Smart City Framework for Phuket. Talking to various stakeholders helped us tailor our recommendations that can address the needs of Phuket and its people very well:”

Deng Feng, Managing Director of Huawei Thailand agreed, saying: “At Huawei, we promote industry development at all levels. As Thailand embarks on the journey to become one of the first countries in the region to develop a smart city scheme, we will provide practical recommendations and solutions to ensure a smooth and complete city development for Phuket and the rest of Thailand.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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