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PHUKET: The Tourism Authority of Thailand took 60 poor children from Thailand’s troubled Deep South provinces on a National Children’s Day trip of a lifetime to Phuket on Saturday.

The lucky youngsters were chosen from schools in Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces, where an Islamic separatist insurgency continues to rage with almost daily acts of violence.

Included on the itinerary was a trip to Phuket Marine Biological Center’s aquarium, a demonstration of Royal Thai Navy fighting vessels at Phuket Deep Sea Port and a fun-packed trip to the Splash Jungle water park in Mai Khao.

The day rounded off at dusk in Rawai, where the kids watched the sun dip beneath the ocean at Phromthep Cape, Phuket’s most famous vantage point.

The trip was part of a TAT program called “Open up the wider world to build unity in the South – Look after the young people of the South”, which TAT southern region director Porrames Amatayakul says is more than just a corporate social responsibility exercise.

Porrames said the program aimed to show the kids a side to the world they had never seen before and change their outlook. By getting the children to participate in creative activities together, the program also aimed to forge bonds between children from different parts of the South.

Children in the three southernmost provinces have it tougher than kids in other parts of the Kingdom. Insurgents carry out bombings and attacks on an almost daily basis, making parents afraid to let children play freely outdoors.

Ten-year-old Muhammad-Masukree Late, from Narathiwat, was interviewed by Kom Chad Luek while on a Children’s Day outing to the city of Haad Yai in Songkhla province.

Muhammad said it was the first time he had left his neighborhood on a trip for Children’s Day. The high price of agricultural products, particularly rubber, meant this year his family had enough money to take him on an outing to Songkhla Zoo and Haad Yai Ice Dome.

The boy said he was really glad to be enjoying his first Children’s Day vacation. But, he said, the present that he and other children in the Deep South wanted more than anything was an end to violence.

“I want the government to fix the problem of unrest in the South to make my home free of violence,” he said, “so that people can go about their everyday life as normal like our friends in other provinces.”

Ariya Baha, 9, was also in Haad Yai for a Children’s Day outing with her family from Pattani. She said she was glad the government was putting so much focus on Children’s Day, but thought the government should put more effort into fixing problems in the Deep South.

“I want the atmosphere to go back to how mum and dad say it used to be, and I want to ask the adults who are involved with fixing the problems to make my home free of violence like other places. That’s all I ask,” she said.

— Kom Chad Luek

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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