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Phuket’s Vanich Foundation awards annual scholarships

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RASSADA, PHUKET: The Boonrod Ekapojna Vanich Foundation on Thursday presented its annual scholarships totaling 105,400 baht to 30 needy students.

This event took place at the Vanich Estate on Thepkasattri Rd in Rassada.

The scholarships were presented to the lucky recipients by foundation vice-presidents Anchalee Vanich Thepabutr and her brother Apirak Vanich.

Foundation chairman Boonrod Ekapojna Vanich, now 73 years of age, was unable to take part in this year’s presentation ceremony.

Mrs Boonrod co-founded the scholarships in 1996, after her husband Ekapojna passed away in 1992.

Since its inception the foundation has provided a total of 883,200 baht in scholarship funding.

This year’s scholarships, ranging from 2,000 baht to 5,000 baht, were awarded to needy students studying at primary education level through to university.

Students in schools run by the Education Ministry and local administration organizations were among the recipients, as well as two students enrolled in private schools.

Of the two 5,000-baht scholarships, one went to a Rajabhat Phuket University student and the other to a student at the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus.

Ms Anchalee said the sole objectives of the foundation are to provide poor students with a chance to get a good education and to promote cultural awareness.

The Boonrod Ekapojana Foundation is ready to join with other charitable organizations to work on public benefit projects, she said.

As a foundation, the organization is strictly forbidden to engage in political activities, said Mrs Anchalee.

The foundation enjoys the support of one of the island’s wealthiest clans.

When the asset declarations of Phuket’s three MPs were announced in March 2008, Anchalee’s husband Tossaporn Thepabutr was listed as the second-richest member of the Thai parliament, with combined family assets of more than 963 million baht.

Mr Tossaporn likely moved into the top spot when the the Constitution Court in December last year banned former Chart Thai Party leader Banharn Silpa-archa from politics for electoral fraud.

Mr Banharn, a former prime minister, had over 1bn baht in declared assets at the time.

— Kamol Pirat



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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