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“UFOs’ seen over Phuket Town

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“UFOs’ seen over Phuket Town | The Thaiger

PHUKET TOWN: Mobile phone systems were jammed last night as people phoned friends all over town to tell them about mysterious white lights zooming around the sky to the north of Phuket Town between 8 and 9 pm. Niyompong Torwong, Public Relations Officer of the Bangkok Phuket Hospital, told the Gazette that he saw a star moving very fast around the sky in front of his home in Kuku, Tambon Rassada. “My friend in Ao Makham phoned me after his dad called him from the Ranong Rd market to say that he had seen something in the sky moving very fast. So I hung up and rushed out to take a look,” K Niyompong said. “I saw a light in the sky, moving very fast in all different directions. First, I thought that it might be from a spotlight, but I couldn’t see anything like that on the ground.” After about five minutes, he said, the object disappeared. “I don’t know what it was. Initially, I thought it was something in my eye, but it wasn’t. So maybe it was a UFO.” A woman who asked not to be named said that she was in Suan Luang park when she saw not one, but three bright white lights, slightly fuzzy round the edges. “They were moving about the sky very fast. At first I thought maybe they were ghosts or spirits – Thais believe that lights in the sky are spirits.” DJ Bambi, who was braodcasting her show at the FM 89 radio station, received a call from a friend and rushed outside to see the lights. “I saw three white lights rotating around the sky. I rushed back to my microphone and told the listeners, ‘Look at the sky to the north and you’ll see three stars moving around, but I don’t know what they are.’ “I didn’t know where the lights came from or what they were, and I felt a little bit scared because I was at the top of Rang Hill and it was dark all around. But they were beautiful, too. “I thought it must be three spirits running around, or maybe a UFO, because there was no beam of light from the ground,” she added. All was explained by Surawadee Aunhawat of public relations company Siam PR Consultants, which is handling arrangements for the opening of the Big C supercenter. The lights, she said, were from lasers and a big spotlight that will be used in a show tonight as part of the opening celebrations for the hypermarket. The show will start at 7pm. “We put on a laser-and-light show at every opening, and we always test the equipment the night before,” she explained.

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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | The Thaiger

A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The ThaigerPhuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The Thaiger

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery | The Thaiger

A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days | News by The Thaiger

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