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Phuket location change for free screenings of The Cove documentary

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PHUKET: The award-winning documentary The Cove will be screened at two locations this week to raise awareness of how dolphins are caught at the Taiji Cove in Japan and sold for use in dolphinaria around the world.

Organizers confirmed today that the film would not be shown twice at Central Festival (story here), but will be shown once at the popular shopping complex and once at Prince of Songkla University (PSU).

The first showing will be at PSU, Building 7, Level 5, at 2pm on Thursday.

A second showing will be the same day at Central Festival in front of Starbucks at 5pm

Entry will be free, confirmed organizers.

The screenings of The Cove come as environmentalists continue their campaign against the opening of the Nemo Dolphinarium. The facility is currently under construction in Chalong, which upon opening will become the first dolphinarium in Phuket.

Organizers of the screening, including Sea Shepard Global and Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, as well as Phuket community members, NGOs and universities are all calling on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the Fisheries Department and Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut to stop the opening of Nemo Dolphinarium.

“Dolphins are loved, and a symbol of our ocean’s beauty and health,” the press release said. “Displaying imprisoned, wild-caught animals says [that] Phuket doesn’t care about the ocean, but only about profit.”

The Cove received critical acclaim on its release in 2009 and won 25 film awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2010.

Although the movie carries a PG-13 rating, parents should note that it features graphic footage of dolphins being butchered while penned in the Taiji Cove, Japan.

According to Sea Shepherd Global, several of the six dolphins for the facility are being transported from the Ukraine, but were originally caught in Japan (story here).



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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