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Phuket set to celebrate Queen’s Birthday, Mothers’ Day

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PHUKET: A host of special ceremonies are being held at different locations across the island to honor and celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’s 80th birthday and to celebrate Mothers’ Day on Sunday, August 12.

Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha on Wednesday presided over the opening ceremony of a tree-planting event at King Rama 9 Park (Suan Luang) in Phuket Town to honor Her Majesty and to raise environmental awareness.

One thousand tree saplings were planted at the event. The saplings were provided by the National Resources and Environment office at the Bang Kanoon Forest in Thalang.

Governor Tri and his wife Nalinee Augkaradacha, who is also President of the Phuket Red Cross chapter, were joined by Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana, representatives from other government departments, students and local residents.

Meanwhile, across Phuket Town, at Klong Koh Pee, a similar occasion witnessed the release of a million juvenile shrimp and other young marine animals into the canal.

Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer Chaiwat Taephee was joined by Phuket Provincial Fisheries Office Chief Kavi Saranakomkul, along with local residents, teachers and students from the nearby Srinagarindra The Princess Mother School and Phuket Vocational College for the release of the marine life.

Other ceremonies to honor and celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday and Mother’s Day will be held throughout Thailand this weekend. Such activities typically comprise similar “life” projects as well as alms offerings and homage-paying ceremonies, art competitions and award-giving ceremonies to acknowledge outstanding mothers.

Festivities usually include events led by government officials and stage performances by local students.

Everyone in the Kingdom is welcome to take part in these special ceremonies. A selection of events to be held in Phuket appears below.

Patong

August 12: The “Mother of the Year” award ceremony at Loma Park at 1pm will be followed by the annual parade along the beach road to Loma Park to honor HM Queen Sirikit. Please note that the beach road will be closed to traffic during the parade.

At 4pm, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha will lead a homage-paying ceremony at the main stage at Loma Park.

After the ceremonies have concluded, the Patong Cup football tournament will start at 5pm at the field across the road from Loma Park to raise awareness of drug prevention.

Phuket Town

August 12: Ceremonies organized by the Phuket Provincial Office will start at 6:30am, in front of 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikit Park with a breakfast blessing ceremony by 81 monks

At 7:09 am, everyone who attends the morning ceremony will have the opportunity to offer alms to the monks.

After the morning ceremony has concluded, well-wishers may sign a book at Phuket Community Hall to pay respect to HM Queen Sirikit and to wish her a happy birthday.

Night festivities at Saphan Hin will begin at the main stage area at 5pm. The evening’s itinerary includes homage-paying ceremonies and stage performances, followed by a candlelight ceremony at 7:19pm led by Governor Tri.

The evening’s festivities will close with a fireworks show.

Rawai

August 10: Activities in Rawai began this morning with a shrimp release event and a beach cleanup at Nai Harn. At 9:30am, shrimp and other marine animals were released into the Nai Harn lagoon, followed by “EM balls” (environmental microorganism balls) to help keep the water in the lagoon clean. From 10:30am to midday, a beach cleanup was held at Nai Harn and Rawai beaches.

The day’s activities will close with a palm tree preservation event at Promthep Cape.

August 11: The day’s activities to celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday will be held at Muang Phuket School near Chalong Circle.

The ceremony will begin at 7pm with a traditional Thai dance performance to honor HM The Queen.

At 7:30pm, Governor Tri will lead a homage-paying ceremony, which will include the lighting of candles and the singing of a Royal Anthem to honor Their Majesties.

After the homage-paying ceremonies, students at the school will perform a live concert until 10pm.

The event will close with a fireworks show.

Kathu

August 12: The evening’s event, to be held in front of Kathu Municipality Office, will begin at 5pm. Scheduled entertainment includes performances by students from schools in Kathu District and a “Most Outstanding Mother Award”.

A candlelight ceremony will begin at 7:19 pm, and the event will close with a fireworks show.

Additional reporting by Orawin Narabal.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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