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Phuket tragedy ends in hope

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PHUKET: Noah Yelizarov, the 18-year-old who died in a freak accident in Phuket in October 2004, can rest in peace knowing that others will be spared his tragic fate. He was electrocuted when he inadvertently touched a live wire during a monsoon.

The Vancouver Sun reported yesterday that local firefighters in Phuket had informed the victim’s parents that Noah might have survived if the Phuket emergency personnel had been equipped with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The device shocks the heart, allowing it to re-establish an effective rhythm.

Upon hearing this, Noah’s parents vowed to outfit the resort island’s emergency response units with AEDs.

This was achieved in six weeks ago when six AEDs engraved with the words “Noah’s 2010 Journey” were presented to Phuket firefighters by Canadian organizers, including Noah’s parents.

For further details on this story, see the Phuket Gazette‘s news reports of March 30 this year and October 11, 2004.

iPad in Phuket

Hotel Chatter
The tech-savvy resort Anantara Phuket on Mai Khao Beach now has guests able to borrow the most recent development in Apple technologies, the iPad.

It is available directly from the hotel and guests can use it to read newspapers, book a massage at the Anantara Spa, and even schedule a diving excursion to the Similan islands.

The resort says the iPad can also be used poolside or sailing through Phang Nga Bay, but does ask that guests don’t drop it in the water.

Red shirts apologize

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The Red Shirts have apologized for their storming of Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok on Friday.

On Friday afternoon, protesters temporarily dismantled their blockade, made up of car tyres and sharpened bamboo sticks, which had made it impossible for emergency cases to enter the hospital, situated on the border of the protesters’ encampment.

This action was reversed a few hours later, however, after Maj-Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, a staunch supporter of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, turned up and told the protesters to reinstall the blockade.

As senior police officers were requesting the protesters to remove the blockade yesterday, Khattiya, now suspended from duty, appeared and told the demonstrators not to obey. Protesters then surrounded the police officers who later withdrew into the hospital.

Eventually, the road blockade was removed and protest leaders apologized for placing at risk the lives of ambulance-borne casualties bound for the hospital’s emergency room.

Drug smugglers shot dead

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Thai border rangers clashed with drug traffickers on the Thai-Burmese border about 30 kilometers from Mai Ai District in Chiang Mai province, killing three suspected drug traffickers and seizing amphetamine pills, according to Thai military sources.

Pornthep Eamprapai, the director of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board in Chiang Mai told The Irrawaddy on Friday that the three dead suspects, believed to be an ethnic Wa and two Lahu, were attempting to smuggle drugs into northern Thailand.

Some 200,000 methamphetamine pills, an AK-47 rifle and grenades were found after the fighting, he said.

“We are worried about the increase in drug trafficking,” said Eamprapai, adding that the army has stepped up vigilance along the border.

— Gazette Editors

 

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Phuket police search for foreigners who were seen drinking beer at a restaurant

Tanutam Thawan

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Phuket officials are serious about disease control orders banning parties and gatherings with friends, especially when alcohol is involved. They’re so serious, that apparently they’re searching for 4 foreigners who were seen drinking beers at a restuarant in Rawai.

Police raided the restaurant yesterday at a complaint from a woman who works for the local district office. She was out on a campaign pushing for locals to wear face masks when she noticed that some people were sitting at the Roxanne restuarant, having a beer. Photos as well as a video was sent to the police showing a group of 4 foreign men and 2 Thai women sitting at the restaurant together.

Along with police officers, local officials from the Muang District Office and Rawai Municipality showed up to the restuarant. Reports say the men were seen driving off on motorcycles just as as the team of 10 officers and public officials arrived. The beer was still on the table when police arrived.

Officers took the owner of the restaurant and 4 of the employees to the Chalong Police Station. The owner is facing charges of breach of the provincial order banning the sale of alcohol and allowing the consumption of alcohol on the premises.

Just last week, police raided a home in Cherngtalay, breaking up a gathering of 6 people. 2 men from the UK who work in Phuket were taken to the police station and fined 6,000 baht whilst police were still waiting for another 4 people to present themselves at the police station.

As part of the disease control measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, preparing Phuket for a possible Covid and quarantine-free reopening in July, officials have banned social activities and gatherings, with the expection of traditional events like funerals. Phuket authorities have warned that foreign residents who break the rules could be subject to being deported.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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12 Covid-19 violators busted drinking on Patong Beach

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PHOTO: A group drinking on the beach was arrested for violating Covid-19 restrictions. (via Freepik)

12 violators of Covid-19 restrictions, of Thai and foreign origin, have been arrested and taken into custody by police for gathering and drinking in public on Patong Beach. The Covid-19 measures currently in place in Phuket ban all get-togethers involving alcohol, limiting the number that can drink together to just 2 people. The group were arrested for violating this order and for drinking in public.

According to the police the group had 3 foreign men in it along with 5 Thai women and 3 Thai ladyboys, so for those keen at maths the details of the 12th person were not revealed. The Covid-19 rule violators were arrested Friday night in Patong on the walkway along the beach on Thaweewong Road, the popular beachfront road.

Police noted the specifics of their liquor stash, confirming that the group had 2 bottles and 8 cans of Thai beer, 2 imported beers, 4 wine coolers, 4 soda waters, and 2 bottles of Thai liquor. The stash was confiscated by the police.

The perpetrators were brought to Phuket town to the Phuket City Police Station. There they were met by the Phuket Vice governors and medical personnel from Vachira Phuket Hospital. The medics administered swab sample Covid-19 test to each member of the group of restriction violators.

The Vice Governor reminded people that these restrictions were put in place after more than 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 from a small group of people drinking together. That is why the regulations allow just two people together when alcohol is involved. He stressed that police and government officials have been instructed to crack down on violators to try to quickly curb the spread of Covid-19 for a chance at reopening to international tourism July 1st.

Officials asked the public to work together to attempt to eliminate the spread of Covid-19 in Phuket and instructed anybody who sees violators of the Covid-19 restrictions to contact the police immediately. Sentence and fine details were not yet available for the group of 12.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 mask violators in Phuket forced to exercise

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PHOTO: Pushups instead of a 6,000 baht fine at a Phuket checkpoint yesterday. (via video screenshot)

For those who have more pounds on their body than pounds in their pocket, exercise punishment seen in Phuket yesterday for mask violators may or may not be welcome. Officials have walked back the strict 6,000 baht punishment for the first warning against someone not wearing a mask and were spotted forcing those who have gone out without a mask to do exercise on the street.

The people forced to exercise were at a Covid-19 checkpoint in the Rawai subdistrict, where the Chalong Police along with local medical workers were checking people yesterday. The checkpoint was set up in an effort to push one hundred per cent mask compliance to stop the spread of Covid-19 on Phuket.

Not only were they checking everyone who passed by to make sure they had their masks, but also to correct those who were wearing their masks improperly. We’ve all seen the people who seem to think that a mask on their chin or underneath their nose is somehow just as effective as a properly worn mask, or at least that they can get away with “wearing a mask” while limiting their personal inconvenience.

Officials were quick to point out that the overwhelming majority of people passing through the checkpoint, both foreigners and Thai, did have their masks with them and were wearing them properly. But they did catch more than 10 people not wearing their face mask or not using them correctly.

Authorities decided to let them off with a first soft warning by moving bodies instead of moving baht. Police made violators do exercise right there on the street in hopes of shaming them into making better decisions next time. All violators did have their names and details taken down with a promise that if they were caught again proper traditional fines would be handed down.

No word yet on any plans to make this punishment into a Tik-Tok Channel.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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