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Victim of Phuket gold shop shooting remembered as good Samaritan

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PHUKET: Apichet Chooklang, killed in a gold shop robbery Monday evening (story here), was remembered by his girlfriend as a man who greatly enjoyed helping others.

As relatives and friends waited at Vachira Phuket Hospital yesterday for doctors to finish removing the bullets from his chest and release his body for the trip home to Nakhon Sri Thammarat for his funeral, Satika Chansawat, Mr Apichet’s fiancé, spoke about the robbery and all the times her boyfriend had helped others.

Ms Satika, a 24-year-old bartender at Sea Pearl Villas Resort in Patong, told the Gazette in a shaking voice, “May he rest in peace. I will miss him always. He was a good person and I am proud of him and what he did. The only thing I regret is I did not have a chance to say goodbye to him because everything happened so fast.”

Recounting the events of the night before, she said, “Before going to the gold shop, we went to see a movie at Central Festival. After that we went home to Patong for awhile and then went down to the gold shop on the bypass road to exchange a gold necklace.

The couple had been together for years and planned to marry early next year, she explained.

“As we were choosing the necklace, I heard the shop staff shout that there was a robber in the shop, so I crouched down,” said Ms Satika.

“Apichet walked toward the robber. I tried to tell him not to go. I think he didn’t see the robber had a gun, since he hadn’t raised it yet,” she added.

“He had some knowledge of martial arts and he used to serve in the military, so he might have thought he could stop the thief. He had actually managed to stop two other robberies.

“When the robber saw him coming, he shot him twice in the chest. I saw him fall on the floor but couldn’t go to him because I was afraid of being shot,” she said.

Ms Satika recalled how her fiancé often helped other people. “Sometimes he arrived home after work with dirty clothes and I found out he had stopped on the way home to help people who had been in a car or motorcycle accident,” she explained.

“Whenever he saw news on TV about a good person helping other people, he always admired them and said that those people are to be respected. If he could help other people as they did, he would die happy,” Ms Satika said.

One of Mr Apichet’s cousins, Ekkapol Chainuruk, explained that Mr Apichet’s parents died years ago and he was an only child.

“I was very close to him. I used to work in Phuket and stayed with him at his place. I had just moved back to Nakhorn Sri Thammarat when he died,” said Mr Ekkapol.

“I hope the police will be able to arrest the robber soon,” he added.

The owner of the C.P. Gold Master & Jewelry store, who asked not to be named, told the Gazette the gold shop is not insured.

“We cannot afford the insurance. It is too high,” the owner said.

“The gold we lost was not as important as losing the life of a good man… If we are lucky we will get the gold back, but he will never return to his family,” he added.

The store owner explained that when the robber entered the store, the sole male employee had already gone to the bathroom at the back of the store.

“If he had been in the shop, he might have been the robber’s target. I believe the robber was ready to harm anyone who acted against him.

“I always tell my staff to hide if the shop is robbed. I do not want anyone to be hurt,” the owner said.

“I feel so sad for Mr Apichet. He was a good man who tried to stop the crime. We contacted the family to inform them that we are here if they need anything,” he added.

The store owner donated 100,000 baht to Mr Apichet’s family.

He was not alone in being impressed with Mr Apichet’s actions. A number of Phuket officials have stepped forward with donations: Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut gave 20,000 baht; Phuket Red Cross president Pavinee Inthusut (Governor Maitri’s wife) gave 10,000 baht; and Phuket Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalviwat also made contributions to Mr Apichet’s funeral.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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82 year old Frenchman killed in motorbike crash with ATV in Phuket

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PHOTO: A police officer examines the red ATV involved in a crash that killed an elderly Frenchman in Phuket

An elderly French man has died after an American woman lost control of her all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and crashed into his motorcycle in Chalong, southern Phuket. The woman was seriously injured. Police say the incident occurred on Soi Klum Yang in Chalong around 4pm on Thursday.

The crash involved a red ATV, and a black motorcycle ridden by the 82 year old Frenchman Robert Geoffray.

The woman, identified as 39 year old American Onome Alero Adeosun, suffered a broken right arm, leg and collarbone. Emergency workers found the elderly Frenchman lying unconscious on the road with serious head injuries. Medics performed CPR before sending both to Chalong Hospital, where the man was later pronounced dead.

His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for autopsy. The woman was transferred to Siriroj Hospital and is currently helping police with their investigation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Salty tap water and dirty air – Bangkok’s environmental woes continue today

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PHOTO: Government House officials are turning to salt-tolerant plants - khaosod.co.th

Brackish tap water, with increased salinity caused by seawater back-flowing into the Chao Phraya River, is threatening the gardens in and around the Government House compound. Government House officials are seeking assistance from the Agriculture Department.

Several small tree species – Lamduan, Chor Sumalee, Rachavadi, Nom Maew and Hom Muenlee – are more vulnerable to brackish tap water. The gardens are watered from a supply pumped in from the Chao Phraya.

It’s been noted tha the saline level was around 400 milligrams per litre, still within the 1,000 mg/litre standard, but some of the species were already intolerant to the rising salinity.

Officials are seeking advice from the Agriculture Department about long-term measures to replant with species which would be more tolerant to the rising salinity of the water – situation they acknowledge will need to be managed in the short to medium term.

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SCREENGRAB: Air Visual

Meanwhile, air around the capital today continues to be universally poor to very poor with readings as high as 187 near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Light airs, dust problems from northern-easter provinces and hot continental air flowing across the capital, continue to haunt Bangkok. Even with many factories closed today, and traffic lighter than weekdays, Bangkok’s air has been recorded as the ninth worst city in the world for air pollution.

Right across the city the air quality readings are into the ‘unhealthy’ zone.

Chiang Mai, Lampang and Central Thailand are fairing no better – all with readings at least 3 times the Thai upper safe limit of 50 microns of 2.5micron particulate per cubic metre. The World Health Organisation sets its limit even lower at 25.

Pattaya has air quality readings today of 162, whilst even Phuket, in the south, is registering readings between 100 and 145 with reduced visibility today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Three massive condo developments along Phuket’s up-market Layan Beach

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PHOTO: Northern end of Layan Beach - True-beachfront

by Bill Barnett – c9hotelworks.com

Two new condo developments are going ahead in the Layan Beach area of Phuket’s up-market west-coast beach strip. And there’s another one underway next to the Dream Beach Club at the northern end of the Layan beach strip. All in all, another 1,200+ keys added to the available rooms along the Bang Tao/Layan Beach area.

On the northern side of Bangtao Beach, next to Maan Tawan and nearby Banyan Tree Phuket is the upcoming Sunshine Beach development. With a plan for 771 hotel and residences units on 12.6 rai, the high-density project is targeting Mainland Chinese buyers with pricing points reportedly starting from 4 million baht. Construction is expected to start in June of this year and complete in 2022.

From our discussion with sales staff the developer has claimed they have reached an agreement with the government for beach fronting facilities in the National Park strip in front of the project.

While in Layan next to Lotus Gardens is the upcoming 400 unit Layan Green Park. Pricing points run from 2.5 million baht. Unit configurations will range from studio, to one, two and three bedrooms. Guaranteed returns of 10% for a period of 10 years are being promoted.

Phuket’s Layan area is seeing a surge in new real estate led projects and rising land values. At the same time as these two projects are underway, next to the Dream Beach is an oceanfront luxury project promoting sales of Grand Beach Villa and Ocean View Suites tagged as ‘N5’. The developer of the project is VIP Thailand who have another project in Rawai.

Based on our research the primary source market tragets of these three projects are mainland Chinese and Russian buyers. Local concerns in the Cherngtalay area over mounting traffic, water shortages and strain on municipal infrastructure are becoming issues.

Traffic in and around the central Cherngtalay shopping district is becoming increasingly clogged with little hope for respite other than improved traffic management.

SOURCE: C9Hotelworks.com

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