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Phuket school kids busted on meth

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Phuket school kids busted on meth | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Six students in their first year of secondary school have been caught skipping school to get high on ya bah (methamphetamine) in an abandoned disco in the heart of Phuket Town.

First year secondary school students (Matthayom 1) are typically 13 years old.

The six students, all enrolled at an unspecified school under the administration of Phuket City Municipality, were caught red-handed by truancy officers.

Most were caught with small amounts of ya bah (methamphetamine), although one student had a small quantity of ya ice (crystal meth).

Appearing before Phuket Muang District Chief Supachai Pochanukul and school administrators, the six confessed to getting high on meth in the abandoned Hollywood Pub.

Not to be confused with the popular Hollywood Disco in Patong, the venue was once a popular Thai-style “coffee shop”. It is located on Bangkok Road, around the corner from Muang Phuket School. The club closed down years ago and is now one of many large, derelict buildings in Phuket Town.

After undergoing positive urine tests for ya bah, all six confessed to having skipped school that day to get high. They also admitted to having done the same thing the day before.

Kriangkrai Boonda, deputy director of the Education Ministry’s Semarak Center, said that all of the children’s parents had been made aware of the situation and the details are now part of their records.

The Semarak Center is the ministry’s nationwide truancy network, with branches in every government school.

Mr Kriangkrai encouraged the public to report any inappropriate behavior by students through the centers hotline number 1579. Semarak Center investigators make regular inspections of shopping centers, public parks and other popular youth hangouts, as notified by the public, he said.

The most common type of inappropriate behavior is kissing or cuddling in public, he said.

For illegal drug use, he encouraged parents to keep a sharp eye out for any changes in student behavior, including staying out late and hanging out with new friends that might lead them astray, he said.

— Siangtai Daily

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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | The Thaiger

A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The ThaigerPhuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The Thaiger

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery | The Thaiger

A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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