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Phuket’s “Pink Panther’ Paiboon denies “last stage’ cancer rumors

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PHUKET: Paiboon Upatising, the president of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO), today replied personally by email to the Phuket Gazette to deny rumors that he has last stage cancer.

“Don’t listen to all the rumors. I do not have final stage cancer, and thank you to everybody for your concern,” he wrote.

Mr Paiboon said that he went to Bangkok Hospital in Bangkok last month for his annual checkup

“That’s when I found out that I had a blocked intestine. My doctor recommended that I undergo surgery to have the blocked intestine removed, which I did. Today [September 25], I returned to Bangkok to have my dressing changed and to clean the incision wound,” he explained.

“I can return to work as normal. I was even in Phuket last week to chair a meeting about how we will spend the 2012-2013 PPAO budget, but my doctor has advised me to rest for six months, so I have assigned a PPAO vice president to temporarily take over my presidential duties for six months,” he said.

“I have no problem working, but the doctor said that I have to be very careful for the next six months. I have to rest and conserve my energy, so I will have to defer attending any social events until I have fully recovered,” Mr Paiboon added.

Dubbed Phuket’s “Pink Panther” for his use of pink to brand his public projects and his ability to turn up nearly everywhere, Mr Paiboon laid out his plans for the coming year.

“On October 3, I will be back in Phuket to chair my first PPAO meeting since the PPAO council election results were approved by the Election Commission in Bangkok.

“This year we plan to continue our parks improvement campaign so people can have a place to exercise. We will add more ‘green space’ to communities and provide people more space to play sport.

“Since the success of the new football field opposite Kathu Municipality, we will open another football field at Surin Beach, and after that another one in Thalang Town, but this one with a synthetic surface.

“We will also push many more projects, including projects to support tourism and environment conservation and public health care,” he added.

As for his medical condition, he added, “This condition is recurring through my family. My mother, my sister and uncle have all suffered the same thing. They all underwent surgery to correct it and now, some 30 years later, they are all happily still alive,” he said.

“I’ll see you on the third,” he added.

— Orawin Narabal

 

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Phuket sets quarantine requirement for those entering the province, some exempt

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A 14-day period in quarantine is required for those entering Phuket who are either not vaccinated against the coronavirus or have not been tested for Covid-19 within 72 hours of arrival.

Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong made the announcement yesterday, adding they will no longer require Covid-19 tests on arrival. Phuket News notes that the required tests were problematic, particularly for truck drivers who were delivering essential items to the island on a regular basis.

“If you stay in Phuket shorter than 14 days, then you will be in quarantine as long as you stay on the island… From today on, no rapid tests anymore. Arrivals without any documents must get the quarantine order at the checkpoint.”

Piyapong says staff from the Phuket Public Health Office will hand out quarantine orders to those entering the province. The a copy of the order will be sent to the Emergency Operation Centre, which will follow up with those who are in quarantine at their homes or hotels.

The main Phuket checkpoint will only be open from 8:30am to 8:30pm. Only delivery vehicles can enter outside of those hours.

Those only entering Phuket for a short day trip are exempt from the quarantine rule, according to the Phuket News.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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Fishermen find space debris off the coast of Phuket

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Local fishermen found space debris, possibly from a satellite or space shuttle, on the seabed just 6 metres below the surface by Koh Ael in Phuket. At first, no one knew exactly what it was.

Specialists from a Navy explosive ordinance disposal unit were first called to look at the round, hollow metal object which was about 45 centimetres in diameter. 3rd Naval Area commander Vice Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengpaet told reporters at a press conference that the team took photos of the object and found it appeared to be a rocket fuel tank, possibly used to launch a satellite or shuttle into space. He said it matched photos online.

Both the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, or GISTDA, and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, agree that the object was most likely a fuel tank for a rocket.

Since the fuel tanks usually contain harmful chemicals like ammonia or hydrogen, divers examined the space debris to make sure there were no chemical leaks before bringing the object to shore and taken to the navy headquarters. The space debris will be taken to the GISTDA to be studied.

“If other objects similar to this one are found elsewhere, people should not touch them. They could contain hazardous chemicals. They should immediately inform Region 3 Thai-MECC or local officials.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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

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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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