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Phuket named best Asian yachting capital

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PHUKET: Phuket, voted as the Best Asian Maritime Capital 2010 in May, will bring in US$306 million in revenue from boating tourists this year, and the number will continue to rise, according to Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, head of the Phuket office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

He said Phuket is also deemed Asia’s best centre for ocean travel, surpassing rivals Hong Kong, Singapore and Italy, according to the Thai News Agency on Friday.

And Bernama reports that statistics from the TAT show growing numbers of affluent maritime travelers with personal yachts visiting the resort province dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’.

Phuket Amateur Golf Week

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Players and spectators from all over the world are expected to show up for Phuket Amateur Golf Week later this month.

The seven day tournament takes place July 24-30 on four of Thailand’s best championship courses: Blue Canyon Country Club, Loch Palm Golf Club, Phuket Country Club, and the stunning Red Mountain Golf Club.

Both groups and single golfers are welcome to register, and handicap divisions will be determined in the days leading up to the tournament.

Competitors will enjoy private airport transportation as well as private transfers to and from tournament sites.

Caddies and carts will be provided at most tournament venues. Also included is an English speaking hostess for all groups.

Daily prizes will be given, as well as an overall winner announced and awards presented in various categories at the close of the event.

Tournament organizers have also announced a full slate of entertainment throughout the week for golfers and spectators.

Further details available here.

The Pavillions Phuket raises the bar

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The Pavilions in Phuket is reported to be setting new standards in luxury resort living with its latest expansion.

Opening November 2010, the all-new development comprises 24 pool villas, each one with its own private, fully-equipped spa.

Measuring a spacious 60m², the private spa is an extension of the villa and overlooks an oriental-themed courtyard, complete with a water feature and lush, densely-packed bamboo plants.
The in-villa spa also includes a separate steam shower room.

This latest expansion adds to the existing 25 private retreats now available at The Pavilions Phuket. Built on a former rubber plantation, the 24 new villas comprise six Plantation Pool Penthouses and 18 Plantation Pool Pavilions.

Access to the villas will be by a cable-driven funicular with panoramic views over Phuket.

New school director at Phuket International Academy

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The Phuket International Academy (PIA) Day School has recently appointed Kanittha Suksawaschon as the Director of School Operations.

Ms Kanittha holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters in Educational Administration.

Prior to her current appointment, Ms Kanittha was a Thai teacher for bi-lingual and foreign students for two years.

During her 13 years of experience in four international schools, she has held the position of Executive Secretary to the Headmaster, Thai Principal, Deputy Head, and Head of Academic Administration.

She also was an exchange teacher with AFS in North Carolina, USA for 1 year.

She is certified by ISAT and approved by the Teachers Council of Thailand to be an instructor in the Thai Culture and Professional Ethics Course for International School Teachers.

Take government out of media reform

The Nation
The government should play little or no role in reform of the mass media, but should support self- and co-regulation, a symposium was told yesterday.

“Is [media reform] a role supposed to be played by the state? How about allowing society to help out instead? It’s very dangerous [to allow the government to join in the process] because the government has a stake in it and is a party to the conflicts,” said Vicharn Uen-ok, a representative from the National Federation of Community Radio.

Over the past months under the emergency decree, the Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation had gathered a bumper crop of broadcasting equipment from community radio stations after falsely claiming that some of them relayed audio from red-shirt or yellow-shirt television stations, he said.

Vicharn said he was neither a red nor a yellow shirt, but that after listening to some red-shirt broadcasts from Rajdamnoen Avenue and the Rajprasong intersection, he now understood the plight of the red shirts and poor people better.

Thepchai Yong, director of TPBS and former group editor at The Nation, said he thought the red-shirt media were not genuine mass media because they incite violence and hatred.

Nevertheless, Thepchai agreed with Vicharn that the government should stay as far away as possible from trying to reform the media.

Media co-regulation, involving consumers and independent organisations, could help restore the trust that the mainstream media had lostm he said.

“The mass media always says ‘we speak for society’, so we must allow society to play a part in regulating us,” Thepchai said.

Media reformist Supinya Klangnarong expressed concern at the growing number of websites blocked by the government and asked whether Thailand was following the Chinese model of Internet censorship.

With more and more Thais gaining access to the Internet every day, it would become impossible to put tens of thousands of people behind bars for allegedly posting something online that is a ‘threat to national security’, the usual excuse invoked by successive Thai governments for blocking websites whose content might pose a potential threat to the government itself.

— Gazette Editors

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The second baby dugong ‘Yamil’ dies in Phuket

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The second young dugong, being cared for by vets at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, has died.

Yamil, the baby dugong stranded on a Krabi beach on July 1, died of “shock and cardiac arrest” last night (Thursday) after suffering indigestion and gastroparesis.

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources report that Yamil was sent from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to Vachira Hospital last evening for an endoscopy to observe its gastrointestinal tract, which was found to be full of sea grass – a dugong’s normal food.

“But the sea grass had obstructed Yamil’s gut, causing its digestive system to stop functioning. This resulted in a buildup of gas in the digestive system, leading to the rupture of blood vessels and infection.”

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari named the dugong ‘Yamil’ when he was moved from Krabi to Phuket for treatment and rehabilitation by marine vets. The animal was originally rescued by villagers from a Krabi beach where it washed up. His care has been sponsored by the Princess. Yamil, in the Yawi dialect, means “handsome young man of the sea”.

Last Friday night, baby dugong ‘Mariam’ died of shock while being treated in protected area near Koh Libong in Trang province.  Vets later found several pieces of plastic in its stomach.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket

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PHOTO: Inspections at the property in March this year – Kritsada Mueanhawong

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka has gone ahead and filed a long list of formal complaints over The Peaks Residences Condominium project being built in the hills above Kata Noi in Phuket.

The Palang Pracharat MP has also claimed to have had death threats made against him over his investigations and accusations over the condo’s land titles and ownership in recent weeks.

The MP filed an official complaint with the Department of Special Investigation chief in Bangkok this morning.

The complaint alleges that the Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham and the municipality “neglected their duties” by issuing permits to Kata Beach Co Ltd, the developer of the The Peaks Residences Condominium.

In February this year the Karon OrBorTor issued a construction permit for the project but in April municipal officials also sent a letter acknowledging the ongoing legal proceedings over the legitimacy of the land title, the NorSor 3 Kor Number 1863.

The complaint alleges that the project is being built on land with a NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title. The complainants allege that the legal land document would have had to have been presented to obtain building permits and construction to proceed. But they claim that, as the NorSor 3 Kor for that land was under consideration by the Administrative Court, a legal building permit could not be issued.

In August 2017, the Regional Administrative Court ruled that the NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title was invalid. Furthermore it determined that the land was “protected forest land”.

The DSI formally received the complaint documents this morning.

Meanwhile, the developer of The Peaks Residences Condominium, Manassanan Nararattanawee, the CEO of Kata Beach Co Ltd, maintains that the project’s paperwork is all “proper’ and that “everything is under the law”.

“Our company has already suspended construction to wait for the judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court.”

Officials from the Internal Security Operations Command inspected the property in March this year as the owners promised to ‘slow down’ construction. Read that story HERE.

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Phuket marine vets report on the progress of dugong calf ‘Yamil’

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A veterinary team at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre has removed the remaining partially-digested sea grass from the 3 month old dugong calf Yamil’s stomach to prevent complications from possible infection.

The calf still suffers from excess stomach and intestinal gas, abnormal heart rhythms and occasional seizures.

X-ray results showed liquid food is still passing through Yamil’s digestive track, so veterinarians were removing the remaining sea grass from its stomach and would provide the marine mammal with liquid nutrients and minerals, as well as painkillers and antibiotics. Veterinarians say they are keeping a close watch on the young dugong.

The male baby dugong was found washed ashore on Krabi’s Bo Muang Beach on July 1 with abrasions on more than 50% of its body. It is currently in the care of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre until it is old enough and strong enough to be returned to the sea.

SOURCE: The Nation

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