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Phuket’s ‘special case’ officer ready for duty

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PHUKET: Detective Nucharee Longkaew, 27, of Phuket City Police Station, recently tasked with the formidable job of interviewing female victims of sex crimes in Phuket Province, is now ready to start her challenging duty.

Despite having received no specialized training for dealing with traumatized women, who may have been violently abused or raped, Capt Nucharee is confident that her police training, character and experience is equal to the task. Another positive being that, as a women, she can empathize with the victims.

As reported previously by the Gazette, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong, informed the honorary consuls at their quarterly meeting, that he had appointed Capt Nucharee to investigate “sensitive” crimes, notably sexual abuse and rape against women.

“The official letter arrived about a month ago, however, as yet there have not been any sensitive cases that require my skills,” Capt Nucharee told the Gazette this week.

“Not only will I investigate rape cases, but also other cases where a victim doesn’t want to speak to a male police officer, such as domestic violence cases,” she said, adding that her remit extends to taking statements from the children of foreigners, a particularly difficult interviewing scenario.

However, in her new role she will only assist in such cases, not actually take over the role of lead investigator.

“I will only be interviewing the victims. Other aspects of the investigation, including the collection of evidence, remains the remit of the relevant police station’s investigating officers,” she said.

As with most policing agencies worldwide, there is a set procedure for crossing inter- departmental boundaries. The Phuket police are no different.

“Officers from police districts outside of Phuket Town will have to contact the Phuket Provincial Police chief, who will send a letter authorizing me to interview the victim.

“According to the regulations, I have to get the order from the commander before I can investigate cases in other jurisdictions,” said Capt Nucharee.

In reality the process will be much shorter. “A request for my involvement is likely to come by telephone. Cdr Pekad believes that the necessity of a formal letter before I can react is a waste of time. A formal letter requesting assistance can be a retrospective action.

“Also, if the incident occurs within the Muang Police District, no authority is needed,” she said.

Should a woman want to report a crime, but is reluctant to talk in front of male officers, she can request to speak with Capt Nucharee.

“The investigating officer will contact Cdr Pekad directly, who will task me to attend the investigation,” she said.

Capt Nucharee explained that such interviews are likely to be conducted at the police station where the complaint was lodged.

“However, I’m quite prepared to visit victims in hospital if necessary. Otherwise the victim will be interviewed in a private room with only those officers necessary. They might include another female officer and a translator provided by the prosecutor or a consul.

“I’m glad to help in these cases and now that we have a female officer dedicated to them I want women not to be afraid to report crimes,” she said.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Phuket seastead will be removed today

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The Third Naval Area Command will remove the seastead stationed off Phuket south-east coast today, belonging to an American bitcoin investor and seasteading innovators Ocean Builders.

Thai authorities plan to seize the structure as evidence in a criminal case. They fear the structure will continue to be a navigation hazard if left there.

US national Chad Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend, Supranee Thepdet (aka Nadia Summergirl), are facing charges of threatening the Kingdom’s sovereignty. Last Sunday officials from the Royal Thai Navy and Phuket Maritime boarded the structure saying it violated Article 119 of the Criminal Code and also posed a navigational hazard.

The couple launched the ‘Ocean Builders’ seastead on February 2 off the coast of Phuket. The structure is located to the southeast of Koh Racha Yai, approximately 12 nautical miles (22.2 kilometres) from the mainland.

Elwartowski has claimed that his seastead is outside Thailand’s territorial waters, but Thai authorities insist that it violates Article 119 and challenges Thailand’s territorial rights.

“The Royal Thai Navy has full authority and duty to protect national interest and marine sovereignty in the area,” according to a Navy spokesperson.

Regarding the couple’s claim that they feared for their lives, Vice Admiral Sitthiporn Maskasem, commander of the Third Naval Area, said that authorities had followed the legal procedures.

“We are neither hunting them down nor threatening them,” said the commander.

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Forecast drought will weaken the Thai economy

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Thailand suffers calamities at both ends of the annual weather spectrum – both drought and flood. But as the demands on agriculture grow, with a growing population and the rise of tourists and development, the effects of these two extremes are becoming more apparent.

Which leads us to this year’s outlook of lower rains which is exposing the poor management of the Kingdom’s water resources. Greater development and growing population bases hasn’t been met with more or larger water catchments.

So Thai farmers are expected to face a tough 2019 as forecasters say the drought will be more acute than usual, lowering the water levels in reservoirs in the central and northeastern provinces especially.

Int eh south, Phuket, Thailand’s largest island and surrounded by water, has an acute water shortage as of Songkran and, without adequate monsoonal rain between now and November, will be facing a water crisis if it has to rely on its own island resources.

The Director General of Department of Agricultural Extension Samran Saraban says the drought this year is exacerbated by El-Nino weather cycle which causes temperature to rise 1-2 degrees higher than normal and cause the water levels in major reservoirs to drop to worrisome level. Higher temperatures mean more evaporation and more usage of reserves.

The Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has called for farmers not to grow off-season rice as drought is predicted to spread into northeastern and eastern regions. That there will likely be a new administration coping with political instability will not help leaders focus on the country’s looming water shortage.

The long dry season will lower certain farm outputs, pushing up their prices. However, an overall farm income is set to decline because the drought will leave other negative affects to farmers who are also the consumers as well. This will affect the purchasing power of farm households, which account for one-third of Thais.

Etc, etc, etc.

Economists estimated the damage from the drought on the economy this year could be high. Kasikorn Research Center estimate the drought could cost at least 15.3 billion baht. Whilst Anusorn Tamajai, Dean of Economics Faculty, Rangsit University, estimates the drought to cost even more – 20-30 billion baht -because it would affect the outputs of off-season rice, sugarcane and tapioca.

“It will dampen the purchasing power of farmers in the second quarter.”

Siam Commercial Bank’s Economic Intelligence chief Yanyong Thaicharoen said that the lackluster farm income can slash the growth rate of domestic consumption this year to 3.5% versus 4.6% growth last year, in addition to other factors, namely, high household debt and slower demand for durable goods.

Spending power from farmers, according to SCB, is crucial to sustain the growth of the economy. However, the grassroots economy is bracing for negative outlook this year.

There will be intense pressure on this season’s management of Thailand’s valuable water resources, through the remaining hot season and as the catchments gather water during the monsoon.

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SOURCES: Thai PBS | The Thaiger | Wikipedia

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Patong’s trash hero rewarded for collecting garbage in filthy canal

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PHOTOS: Patong Police / Theeraphong Penmit / Newshawk Phuket

A Phuket boy has been rewarded after setting an excellent example for the rest of the Patong community.

8 year old Kosin Ta-ngam, who is studying at Sai Nam Yen School in Patong in Pratom Suksa Three, has been collecting garbage in the filthy Pak Bang Canal and along Patong Beach since the beginning of this year.

He lives with his grandmother and other relatives. His grandmother has been looking after Kosin since he was 10 months old.

A certificate, scholarship and life vest have been awarded to Kosin by the Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee for displaying excellent citizen for the community as a youth volunteer and being an active part of keeping the city clean.

The Pak Bang Canal, running through the back of Patong into Patong Bay, has been a dark, dirty mess for decades. Many promises have been made to clean it up but it remains a disgraceful waterway flowing through Phuket’s main tourist town.

The tiny eight year old seems to be able to achieve a lot more than the local municipality with all their money and machinery.

Kosin, you are the Thaiger hero for today and we salute you!

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