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– A daily digest of news about Thailand from around the world, compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community.

Phuket prepares for Pow Wow

Phuket will be hosting an annual meeting of tour guide operators from India from Sept 24-27. A total of 1,500-2,000 representatives from the Association of Indian Tourist Guides will take part.

Phuket governor Wichai Phraisangob said the meeting will give an added boost to tourism in Phuket, and that all relevant authorities are making preparations to provide security and amenities for them.

According to the Bangkok Post this morning, TAT deputy governor Sansern Ngaorangsri said yesterday that the prospect for more Indians visiting Thailand is improving.

He said about 614,562 travelers from the country have visited Thailand so far this year, an increase of about 14.45%

Phuket shows particular promise for tourism from India, Mr Sansern noted.

About 10,000 Indian travelers visited Phuket in the first quarter of the year, double the roughly 5,000 who visited the resort province during the same period last year.

For the Phuket Gazette‘s earlier report on next month’s meeting of Indian tour guides here, see ‘Phuket vies for Indian tourism conference‘.

Serenity GM no stranger to Phuket

Travel Daily News
Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket has announced the appointment of Urs Aebi as General Manager. Born in Switzerland, Mr Aebi graduated from the Hotel Management School Lausanne (EHL) in 1992 and soon after moved to Asia to take up his first assignment with Amari Hotels and Resorts in Bangkok.

Executive positions with Sofitel Centara Hua Hin and Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket followed before he joined The Racha – an all villa resort on Racha Island off Phuket – in the capacity of General Manager.

He opened The Racha in the third quarter of 2004 and quickly established it as one of the premier resorts in South East Asia. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), The Racha was named as one of the “Hottest New Resorts” in 2004 by the Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

When asked about his new appointment at Serenity, he said: “I am tremendously excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of this outstanding and unique property. It has raised the bar for luxury resorts in Phuket and offers a truly exceptional guest experience”.

Thailand to produce Prius

The Economic Times
Toyota Motors will start producing the Prius hybrid in Thailand this year, stepping up overseas output of the fuel-sipping vehicles amid swelling global demand, reports said on Saturday.

Toyota, the front-runner in hybrid cars will make the latest model of the Prius in Thailand, the second hybrid car following the hybrid version of the Camry sedan, the Nikkei daily and Jiji Press said without citing sources.

Toyota Motor Thailand Co will oversee the Prius production, with the technology-sensitive hybrid system including batteries and engines to be supplied from Japan, the reports said.

The world’s biggest automaker wants eventually to export the hybrid cars from Thailand to quickly expanding Asian markets.

Sales of hybrids have been brisk in recent years because of high petrol prices and increasing public awareness of global warming.

Bomb at Thai-Myanmar bridge

Earth Times
An explosion killed two people on the Burmese side of the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, Burmese government and other border sources said yesterday.

The blast occurred at about 8:30 pm Friday in the Myawaddy market place, killing two people and injuring up to 20 others, the sources said.

Myawaddy is directly across the Moei River from Mae Sot, a Thai border town that serves as a major crossing point for migrant workers and traders.

The crossing has been closed for more than a month since Burma accused Thailand of building an embankment on the Thai side of the border to alter the path of the river.

The Myawaddy-Mae Sot crossing had also been used for a lucrative extortion racket by the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, which detains migrant workers deported from Thailand and charges an entry fee.

The militia is loyal to Myanmar’s junta. Myawaddy is in the Karen State, where a struggle for autonomy has been waged against the government by the Karen National Union since 1949.

Swine Flu returns to Thailand

Asia One News
The H1N1 influenza outbreak that hit last year is spreading in three Northeastern provinces of Thailand, making nearly 40 people ill so far and prompting the closure of a school.

In Ubon Ratchathani province, 20 senior education officials caught the disease, known as human Swine flu, after attending a seminar there, and 10 of them were admitted to hospital on Thursday.

The officials are from neighbouring Amnat Charoen province. They were advised to seek further treatment in their home province after the seminar was called off and they were asked to leave Ubon Ratchathani.

— 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.

Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket | News by The Thaiger

Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket | News by The Thaiger

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

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PHOTO: The Nation

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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