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A Phuket Star is born | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Phuket-born Jaruwat “Dome” Cheawaram has won the eighth season of the nationally televised singing talent quest The Star.

The 21-year-old law student at Thammasat University, Thailand’s premier law school, was a surprise win in the show’s season finale held at the Impact Muang Thong Thani stadium, better known simply as the “Impact Arena”, on the outskirts of Bangkok last night.

Dome’s win flies in the face of many people posting comments on The Star 8 Facebook fan page saying that Thanathat “Kangsom” Chai-ut would win because of his additional good looks.

Dome tearfully accepted his award with his mother and father, wheelchair bound since suffering a stroke, joining him on stage.

“Many people teased me that I would never make it, but I never gave up. Actually, it inspired me to try even harder. And my family always supported me,” he said.

“All my life I have been dreaming of this, but I have been insulted [because of his looks]. I never gave up. I would like to thank everyone who helped me – my family, my vocal trainer and the producer of the show for giving me the opportunity to join the contest,” Dome added.

Dome’s mother thanked Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha as her words were broadcast across the country.

“I would like to thank the Governor of Phuket, Tri Augkaradacha, for the support he has shown for our family,” she said. (Click here to see a video of the acceptance and thanks speech.)

Foreigners not familiar with the sheer scale of the popularity show enjoys across Thailand are probably more familiar with Dome’s face gracing a billboard opposite Central Festival Phuket with a message of support from the province.

He is also a former student of Phuket Wittayalai School in Phuket Town.

Dome’s victory last night follows Phuket’s Pavida “Silvy” Morigg making the final six last year.

Silvy, 15 years old at the time, was still studying at Kajonkietsuksa School while competing in the contest.

Wichayanee “Gam” Pearklin, now known as “Gam the Star”, won the talent show in 2008 while finishing Year 12 at Phuket Satree School.

— Kom Chad Luek

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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.

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