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PHUKET: More than 150 people are expected to be on hand tomorrow at a Phuket medical tourism initiative on Australia’s Gold Coast. Among them will be Phuket’s internationally recognized cosmetic surgeon Dr Sanguan Kunaporn and director Peter Davidson of Phuket International Hospital, where Dr Sanguan performs his services.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports this morning that the duo will bring Phuket cosmetic surgery and dental services to the forefront as speakers at the launch of CosMediTours, a Gold Coast based company focused on medical tourism specifically to Phuket.

Also on hand at the event will be Gold Coast resident and personal trainer Anna Reesby who will be visiting Phuket soon for cosmetic surgery and dental work. The 26-year-old suffered a blow to the nose 10 years ago in a netball game and has since had respiratory problems.

By having the work done in Phuket, she says, the cost will be about one quarter of what she would need to pay in Australia, and she will have a holiday at the same time.

CosMediTours, run by Gold Coast business partners Christyna Kruczaj and Greg Lemon, takes groups from Queensland directly to Phuket where, Kruczaj says, there are “world-class medical facilities and patients recover in five-star resorts.”

“Australians, especially Queenslanders from the Gold and Sunshine coasts, are leading the drive for medical tourism in Thailand,” said Mr Davidson.

The Gold Coast/Phuket initiative takes place at The Sofitel Broadbeach, Queensland.

Economy holding up

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Thailand’s economic growth this year will be resilient despite the worst riots in modern Thai history and political uncertainties ahead, the government said as its battle-scarred capital re-opened for business yesterday.

The state planning agency said the 2010 growth forecast was being maintained at 3.5-4.5 percent.

The forecast would have been 1.5 percent higher if not for the two-month protest in central Bangkok that paralysed business, decimated the vital tourism industry, and depressed consumer spending, the agency said.

Thailand’s $264 billion economy grew 12 percent in the first quarter of 2010 from a year earlier, its best rate in 15 years, beating the consensus of 8.9 percent due to a surge in exports and a low base last year.

But the crisis has not been fully resolved and the red shirt protesters say they plan to resume their campaign for new elections next month.

Investors wait and see

Market Watch
In Thailand, where weeks of street protests in Bangkok against the government have just ended, investors are wary about the impact on the Thai economy.

Thai shares were 2.5% lower in late trading yesterday, shrugging off better-than-expected data on first-quarter gross domestic product as the market had its first opportunity to react to the culmination of violent political unrest seen last week, which forced the bourse to suspend trading activity.

“There’ll be consequent losses to follow. Investors are pricing in how much the damage would affect each listed company,” said Charoen Iamphattanatham, first vice president of KT Zmico Securities.”

No-confidence motion against PM

Earth Times
Thailand’s parliamentary opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against the government yesterday for its suppression of the protests that left at least 85 dead.

The Puea Thai Party submitted the motion to Government House Speakers, who have seven days to study it.

The red shirts are an extension of the Puea Thai Party, whose de facto leader is fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Meanwhile, various shops in Bangkok’s Siam Square reopened yesterday, and Ratchaprasong and Rajadmari streets were open to traffic.

But hotels such as the Intercontinental and Hyatt Erawan were still closed to business, and the Zen Trade Centre, a target of the arsonists, will be closed for weeks.

The capital’s two mass transit systems resumed operations on Sunday.

Travel Mart postponed after all

TTRWeekly
In a sudden U-turn, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced on Friday that it has “postponed” the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2010, scheduled for June 2-4, due to mass cancellations by hosted buyers. It has not, so far, announced replacement dates.

Up until last Friday, all the associations and the TAT had been insisting that the show would go on, despite company executives expressing their concerns that an impending military crackdown would make it difficult to attract buyers.

TAT directors met late last Friday when it became obvious that many of the 350 invited buyers would cancel.

It is not known how many Phuket companies had planned to particapate in the event.

— Gazette Editors

 

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Fishermen find space debris off the coast of Phuket

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Local fishermen found space debris, possibly from a satellite or space shuttle, on the seabed just 6 metres below the surface by Koh Ael in Phuket. At first, no one knew exactly what it was.

Specialists from a Navy explosive ordnance disposal unit were first called to look at the round, hollow metal object which was about 45 centimetres in diameter. 3rd Naval Area commander Vice Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengpaet told reporters at a press conference that the team took photos of the object and found it appeared to be a rocket fuel tank, possibly used to launch a satellite or shuttle into space. He said it matched photos online.

Both the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, or GISTDA, and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, agree that the object was most likely a fuel tank for a rocket.

Since the fuel tanks usually contain harmful chemicals like ammonia or hydrogen, divers examined the space debris to make sure there were no chemical leaks before bringing the object to shore and taken to the navy headquarters. The space debris will be taken to the GISTDA to be studied.

“If other objects similar to this one are found elsewhere, people should not touch them. They could contain hazardous chemicals. They should immediately inform Region 3 Thai-MECC or local officials.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Phuket police search for foreigners who were seen drinking beer at a restaurant

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Phuket officials are serious about disease control orders banning parties and gatherings with friends, especially when alcohol is involved. They’re so serious, that apparently they’re searching for 4 foreigners who were seen drinking beers at a restuarant in Rawai.

Police raided the restaurant yesterday at a complaint from a woman who works for the local district office. She was out on a campaign pushing for locals to wear face masks when she noticed that some people were sitting at the Roxanne restuarant, having a beer. Photos as well as a video was sent to the police showing a group of 4 foreign men and 2 Thai women sitting at the restaurant together.

Along with police officers, local officials from the Muang District Office and Rawai Municipality showed up to the restuarant. Reports say the men were seen driving off on motorcycles just as as the team of 10 officers and public officials arrived. The beer was still on the table when police arrived.

Officers took the owner of the restaurant and 4 of the employees to the Chalong Police Station. The owner is facing charges of breach of the provincial order banning the sale of alcohol and allowing the consumption of alcohol on the premises.

Just last week, police raided a home in Cherngtalay, breaking up a gathering of 6 people. 2 men from the UK who work in Phuket were taken to the police station and fined 6,000 baht whilst police were still waiting for another 4 people to present themselves at the police station.

As part of the disease control measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, preparing Phuket for a possible Covid and quarantine-free reopening in July, officials have banned social activities and gatherings, with the expection of traditional events like funerals. Phuket authorities have warned that foreign residents who break the rules could be subject to being deported.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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12 Covid-19 violators busted drinking on Patong Beach

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PHOTO: A group drinking on the beach was arrested for violating Covid-19 restrictions. (via Freepik)

12 violators of Covid-19 restrictions, of Thai and foreign origin, have been arrested and taken into custody by police for gathering and drinking in public on Patong Beach. The Covid-19 measures currently in place in Phuket ban all get-togethers involving alcohol, limiting the number that can drink together to just 2 people. The group were arrested for violating this order and for drinking in public.

According to the police the group had 3 foreign men in it along with 5 Thai women and 3 Thai ladyboys, so for those keen at maths the details of the 12th person were not revealed. The Covid-19 rule violators were arrested Friday night in Patong on the walkway along the beach on Thaweewong Road, the popular beachfront road.

Police noted the specifics of their liquor stash, confirming that the group had 2 bottles and 8 cans of Thai beer, 2 imported beers, 4 wine coolers, 4 soda waters, and 2 bottles of Thai liquor. The stash was confiscated by the police.

The perpetrators were brought to Phuket town to the Phuket City Police Station. There they were met by the Phuket Vice governors and medical personnel from Vachira Phuket Hospital. The medics administered swab sample Covid-19 test to each member of the group of restriction violators.

The Vice Governor reminded people that these restrictions were put in place after more than 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 from a small group of people drinking together. That is why the regulations allow just two people together when alcohol is involved. He stressed that police and government officials have been instructed to crack down on violators to try to quickly curb the spread of Covid-19 for a chance at reopening to international tourism July 1st.

Officials asked the public to work together to attempt to eliminate the spread of Covid-19 in Phuket and instructed anybody who sees violators of the Covid-19 restrictions to contact the police immediately. Sentence and fine details were not yet available for the group of 12.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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