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PHUKET: Tomorrow Thais across the country will be celebrating the annual Children’s Day festivities. In Phuket Town, the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (OrBorJor) will be staging its activities at the Provincial Hall (map here) from 8am to 4pm.

Among the activities, 83 bicycles will be given away as prizes, a “Children’s Playland” will be set up and gifts, games, prizes, free food and drink will be all available.

Thai celebrity actor and singer Saran Siriluksana, better known as “Porshe Saran”, will perform a mini-concert, joined on stage by “Grandma Waew”, the famed singer and comedienne from Channel 3’s popular prime time variety show At Ten (“Tee Sip” in Thai).

The schedule of events at Provincial Hall is as follows:

8am. Event opens

9am Opening ceremony and mass balloon release by Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut and OrBorJor President Paiboon Upatising

9:10am Governor Maitri and President Paiboon hand certificates to 100 children selected by the Phuket Provincial Culture Office and hand over certificates with bicycles to 23 children selected by the Business and Professional Women’s Association in Phuket

9:40am Governor Maitri and President Paiboon stage lucky draw for five bicycles

10am Governor Maitri and Mr Paiboon open their offices for children to visit and to sit in the two “Big Chairs” of the province

10:10am Ram Thai classic Thai dance by OrBorJor Sathit Ruampattana School

10:20am “Follow in the Father’s footsteps” musical performance by Ban Nabon School

10:30 am “Living Sufficiently” performance by Ban Maireab School

10:40am Dance performance by Ban Talad Nua School

10:50am “Medley Lookthung” Thai country music performance by Muang Phuket School

11am Lucky draw for bicycles

11:30am “Gangnam Style” mascot dance show, and lucky draw for bicycles

Midday Bozo magic show

12:20pm Game time, bicycle lucky draw

12:40pm Game time, bicycle lucky draw

1pm Grandma Waew At Ten stage performance, bicycle lucky draw

2pm Game time, bicycle lucky draw

2:30pm Porshe Saran mini- concert

3:30pm Lucky draw for bicycles

4pm Mr Paiboon chairs closing ceremony

Patong
Patong Municipality Children’s Day activities at Loma Park (map here), on the Patong beachfront, from 8:30am to 3pm, with fun games and free food and drink for children and families

Srisoonthorn
Srisoonthorn Municipality Children’s Day activities at Srisoonthorn Municipality Office (map here), on Thepkrasattri Road, from 8:30am to 4pm, with special stage performances, fun games, prizes and free food and drink for children and families

Rawai
Rawai Municipality Children’s Day activities will be held at several locations starting in the morning and continuing into the night, with games, stage performances, prizes as well as free food and drink for children and families

8am to midday, Fun games, knowledge exhibition booth at Wat Sawang-arom School (map here) on Wiset Road

7pm to 10pm Stage performances, lottery draws with prizes at the sea gypsy village on the Rawai beachfront (map here)

7pm to 10pm Stage performances, lottery draws with prizes in Soi Saliga

7pm to 10pm Stage performances, lottery draws with prizes and games at Baan Bang Kanatee Stadium, (turn right into Soi Masyid Nurudee Neeyah, about 1.3km south of Chalong Circle).

Karon
Karon Municipality Children’s Day activities at Karon Circle (map here) from 8am to midday with many games, special prizes as well as free food and drink for kids and families

8am Event opens

8:30am Stage performance by Wat Kittisankaram School

9am Opening ceremony

9:20am Handing over of educational scholarships to children from poor families

9:50am Lucky draw for 10 bicycles

10:20am Magic show

11:30am Lucky draw for 15 “tablet computers”

Midday Closing ceremony

Cherng Talay
Cherng Talay Municipality Children’s Day activities at Cherng Talay Municipality Stadium (map here), located behind the Tunthee Anusorn School, opposite the Cherng Talay Municipality offices on Srisoonthorn Road, from 8am to 8pm, with games, children’s play zone, prizes, educational exhibition booths, kids sports competitions, stage performances, mini-concerts and food and drink for kids and families

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Approval sought for multi-billion-baht Phuket medical hub

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Industry officials are seeking the go-ahead for a project to transform over 140 rai of government land in Phuket into a world-leading medical hub. The project is budgeted at 3 – 4 billion baht, depending on which report you read. Kitkong Tantijaraswarodom, from the Federation of Thai Industries, believes the development of a medical and wellness hub in the sub-district of Mai Khao, north Phuket, will help revive the southern island’s battered economy. Phuket has become increasingly reliant on a steady flow of tourists over the past 2 decades.

The southern division of the FTI covers Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Patthalung, Surat Thani, Ranong, Satun, Chumphon, and Songkhla.

“The FTI will ask the government to green-light the project during the scheduled mobile cabinet meeting on the island on November 3.”

Kitkong says businesspeople in the south are anxious for the government to approve the project, which will provide both locals and foreign medical tourists with state-of-the-art medical care. The facility is expected to include long-term care, hospice and rehabilitation services, in addition to a dental hospital, sports therapy centre, and a medical training school for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and medical laboratory scientists.

The chair of the FTI’s southern chapter is also calling on officials to provide small and medium-sized businesses with additional support, in the form of access to loans, in order to deal with cash shortages.

“In the short term, the FTI wants the government to help SMEs, especially those in the tourism sector.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Man’s body discovered hanged in a Phuket Town apartment

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A man has been found hanged in Phuket Town apartment yesterday. Police are treating the cases as a suicide at the moment.

The man was found hanged from the apartment’s ceiling fan. His lifeless body was discovered around 11am after neighbours complained to the manager about the smell coming from the man’s room.

Police and the local Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers attended the scene. Police later confirmed the incident happened in room on the 3rd floor of an apartment lock in Soi Phoonphol Soi 1, Talat Nuea in Phuket Town. Police said the man was 35-45 years of age and had a 29 year old girlfriend from Chumphon. He was paying 1,000 baht a month and had been renting the room for 2 months. Police estimate that the man had been dead for at least 3 days.

Police told media that the man had used, what appeared to be a dress, tied around his neck and then to the room’s roof fan. The apartment manager told police that he had been late on on his recent rent, speculating that the man may have been suffering financial hardship.

The man’s identity has not been released at this stage.

His body was taken to Vachira Hospital for an autopsy.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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Bangkok Airways add 3 new local routes to their schedule

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PHOTO: Bangkok Airways' ATR72, servicing the re-introduced routes

Some domestic routes are being added as local routes continue to expand. This time Bangkok Airways has announced it’s resuming its Samui-Phuket, Phuket-Hat Yai and Phuket-Pattaya/Rayong (U-Tapao) flights.

The first additions to the schedule will be the Phuket-Samui flights resuming this Sunday, October 25, and the Phuket-Pattaya flights start again next Tuesday, October 27. The Phuket-Samui flights will be operating on Sundays and Wednesdays only on the airlines’ ATR72 turbo prop regional planes, same as before.

A casual search on the Bangkok Airways website, for a return flight from Phuket to Samui on November 1, then back to Phuket on November 8 indicates the cheapest fare (promo) is 2,430 baht. Coming back, the cheapest fare we found, again labelled ‘promo’, was 2,630 baht. Bangkok Airways operate as a “full service” airline and don’t compete with the country’s discount airlines. But they operate these three routes exclusively – like it or leave it.

Bangkok Airways say that the flights will be operated “with the highest preventive measures and standards”. Around the country the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand have eased a few of the onboard restrictions, including the start of catering services which were originally banned under the initial flight rules when domestic routes started flying again at the start of July.

The daily direct services between Phuket and Hat Yai are also being operated on the ATR72 aircraft. The flight to Ha Yai leaves Phuket at 8.40am and arrives at Hat Yai at 9:.45am. The return flights leave Hat Yai back to Phuket at 10.25am each day. The route was very popular for the airline before the ‘disruption’ when airlines had their fleets grounded in April.

The service between Phuket and U-Tapao, linking the party city with the party island, will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, again with the ATR72. Phuket to U-Tapao will leave at 12.10pm and then from U-Tapao to Phuket at 4pm on the three days. U-Tapao is about a 50 minute drive from Pattaya and the airport also serves the greater Rayong area.

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