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Phuket fishermen protest closure of community seafood restaurant

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PHUKET: Local fishermen and representatives from fish processing groups yesterday morning gathered at the Damrongdharma Center to ask for help after the Phuket Fisheries Office ordered the closure of the Sarasin Seafood Restaurant in Tah Chat Chai.

The group of 30, led by Ronnakorn Hongsa, president of Fish Processing Group Baan Tah Chat Chai, submitted a letter to Damrongdharma Center Chief Nonthasak Boonnak.

“We received a letter from Phuket Fisheries Office on May 26 that they would reclaim the restaurant building, as it was built using the budget provided for fish processing. The building was meant for locals in the community to use together, but officials say it has been misused,” said Mr Ronnakorn.

“We have got about a hundred members now. We invested in the business after we got the building. We were initially using it for fish processing, but stopped after we received complaints about the smell and uncleanliness,” he added.

The group then decided to open up a ‘community restaurant’ at the site in 2012.

“We changed from a fish processing operation to a restaurant, which we named Sarasin Seafood. We have been doing very well so far. We buy fish from local fishermen and the income is divided among members of the community,” said Mr Ronnakorn.

“If officials take the building back, we will lose our income and won’t be able to survive. I agree that the building hasn’t been used for the purpose it was originally meant for, but if it is repossessed, officials must help and advise us about how to earn a living,” he added.

Mr Nonthsak accepted the letter, but said that since the locals were using it for the wrong purpose, government officers had the right to seize it. He added, however, that he would discuss it with the concerned officials and see what he could do.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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