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Phuket people help spread global message of peace

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PHUKET: Tonight, people in Phuket will be dancing to a global beat of peace for Earthdance 2009, an annual, synchronized event held every September in hundreds of locations around the world in recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

At 4pm Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, September 26 (6am Sunday in Thailand), thousands of people in more than 200 locations in 50 countries around the globe will be saying a synchronized prayer for peace before dancing the night away in the name of global unity.

This year’s Earthdance theme ‘Bless the Children’ was celebrated this afternoon at Yoonique’s in Nai Harn with a free lunch and arts and craft activities for children.

About 30 youngsters from the Rawai sea gypsy community and kids from Rawai Progressive International School participated in face painting, T-shirt painting and had lessons in creating traditional handicrafts.

School director Kim Kilgore took students and parents along to the event, where a multi-national mix of youngsters worked side by side to prepare posters and flags to help spread the global message of peace.

This evening, global peace advocates and lovers of live music will be gathering at the venue near Nai Harn lake to play their part in the global celebrations.

Participants will say the prayer of peace together before getting down to live music from Bangkok-based band Superglass Ska & Samba at about 9.30pm.

In accordance with directives issued for public Earthdance events, 50 percent of profits made at this evening’s event will be donated to charity and a donation box will also be made available.

“In keeping with the Earthdance theme of recognizing indigenous peoples and cultures, money raised tonight will go towards supporting the Rawai sea gypsy community,” said the venue’s owner Yoon Bunna.

Entry is free of charge.

— Nick Davies

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

With all patients recovered, Phuket closes its Covid-19 field hospital

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So long, farewell. Phuket, which has had the highest number of Covid-19 infections per capita in Thailand, is closing its first “field hospital” after discharging its final patients. The temporary hospital is closing down, hopefully for good, and will be “put on standby,” as the last patients have recovered, the island’s governor announced yesterday.

The building was actually the unfinished new provincial HQ for the local Phuket government. The building’s completion has been stalled for years with uncompleted contracts and delays. But it has served an important purpose in housing the island’s Covid-19 patients and keeping them away from the main hospitals.

“Today is the day that Phuket has zero Covid-19 patients. I would like to thank all officials and Phuket residents for their efforts and cooperation to make our province finally Covid-19-free. Our next job is to rehabilitate the province’s economy, especially the tourism industry, which has been severely affected by the outbreak.”

The governor was joined at the closing ceremony by representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket Office, the Phuket Chamber of Commerce and the Phuket Federation of Industries to hand out 600 survival kits to local people affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Phuket’s first field hospital was established in March with 104 beds in a two-storey building. It was staffed with medical professionals from 5 hospitals throughout the province. Some 123 Covid-19 patients were treated at the hospital and all have fully recovered and been discharged. None has tested positive again.

The second field hospital is also on standby, having released its last patient on May 15.

Since the outbreak started, Phuket has reported 227 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Of these, 224 patients recovered and 3 died.

With all patients recovered, Phuket closes its Covid-19 field hospital | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Road deaths

2 killed after truck slams Phuket power pole – VIDEO

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2 men are dead in Phuket after a truck slammed into a roadside power pole on the notorious Kata hill road, just out of Chalong yesterday. Police say the two men killed were a Thai and a Burmese national.

The deputy chief of Karon police says the accident occurred at about 4:50pm at the mouth of Soi Suksan 1 on Patak road – a windy section of road as it heads up the hill towards Kata Beach. The power pole fell across the road after being hit by the pick up truck, killing the man inside. He was identified as 31 year old Thanapon Prachit a native of Chaiyaphum province.

Another man, passing by on a motorbike, was seriously injured by the falling power pole. He was admitted to Chalong Hospital where but was pronounced dead. The passport found on him identified him as 28 year old Win Myo Hlaing from Myanmar.

The bodies of the victims were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for an autopsy.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Road deaths

Two men die after truck plows into power pole in Phuket

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A Thai and Burmese man were killed after a work truck collided with a power pole on Kata hill, southern Phuket yesterday afternoon. The deputy chief of Karon police reported that the incident happened near the turn off onto Soi Suksan 1, on the Chalong side of the hill.

The power pole crashed on top of the truck as it fell, killing 31 year old Thanapol Prachit from Chaiyaphum province.

The two bodies were transferred to Vachira Hospital and police are continuing their investigations.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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