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Urgent measures ordered to protect marine animals

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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The Provincial Government are pressing all the right buttons and saying all the right things in the wake of the whale shark fiasco. A whale shark was caught in a fishing net last Friday. Video of the whale shark being lifted from the water and the fishermen trying to free it from the net by hauling the shark up on a crane was captured by diving boats nearby. The video and subsequent story has become a big international story and put Thai fishing practices, already in the public spotlight, in an even poorer light.

The fishing boat captain and owner have come out saying they did their best to free the whale shark and they claim it was alive when freed (it had been out of the water for more than 10 minutes, even by their claims.)

Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew says, “We must now provide urgent measures to protect marine animals from being hurt, intentionally and unintentionally. Many endangered marine animals have been injured and died from fisheries activities. These processes must be put into place as soon as possible.”

The search continued today (May 22), covering 23 kilometres form where the whale shark was dropped back into the water, which is near Koh Hey, Koh Bon and Koh Kaew Nai. No whale shark, dead or alive, has been spotted since.

Sea gypsy, Niran Yangpan, who is a local fisherman says, “We believed that the whale shark is the one we have seen previously near Koh Racha. The chances that the whale shark is still alive are very low.”

“It is believed that if the whale shark is injured or dead, its body would be floating. I have already informed local fishermen. If they find any dead or alive whale shark, they must inform officers immediately. I think if the whale shark is dead, its body will be washed up on the shores of Koh Hey or Koh Aew.”

Officials at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) says, “From the video clip we are sure that the whale shark was not on the fishing boat much more than 10 minutes.”

While the fishing boat captain says, ““When I knew that it was a whale shark, I was shocked. I immediately asked the boat crews to release it back to the sea. It took about 10 minutes.”

See story HERE.

“The diving boat first saw the whale shark on the fishing boat at 1:40pm on May 18. The diving boat was chasing the fishing boat and filming the situation for at least 30 minutes.”

“If the whale shark is injured, it will died within two days. It will take about four to five days for the whale shark to float up. If we do not find the whale shark’s body soon there is still hope that the whale shark is not dead.”

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Road deaths

4 people killed after SUV drives off the road, into canal

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4 people died after a driver allegedly hit a curb and lost control of her Toyota Fortuner SUV, running it off the road and into a Chon Buri canal.

The driver, 38 year old Sukanya from Bangkok, survived and told police she was driving 6 friends from Bangkok to Rai Lak Thong, a subdistrict in Chon Buri. She says the road was dark and she was unfamiliar with the area. She hit a curb, breaking through the road barrier and overturning the car. The SUV then slid into the a Phanat Nikhom district canal.

The water in the canal was high due to the weekend storm. The driver and 2 others were able to get out through the window, but the others – 1 man and 3 women- drowned in the submerged vehicle. By the time rescue workers arrived and pulled the bodies out of the car, they were dead.

Pattaya Mail did not report if the driver will face any charges related to the incident.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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5 protesters to be charged over a rally in front of the Thai Army’s headquarters

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With impeccable timing, Nang Loeng police have summoned 5 protest leaders to appear before the Special Prosecutor’s Office at the Dusit District Court in Bangkok. They will be formally charged over their roles in a protest in front of the Army’s headquarters on July 20. At the time it followed an online exchange from an Army official criticising the students who had been protesting at the Democracy Monument days before.

The protest targeted Colonel Nusra Vorapatratorn, deputy spokesperson of the Army. Posting on her Facebook page about the Saturday protest, the Colonel said that rally’s participants should “focus on doing their jobs rather than joining the protest.” The Colonel later deleted the social media post.

Another army spokesman, Colonel Winthai Suvaree, spoke to the media at the time and stated that Nusra “had expressed her personal opinion” and that “she is no longer the deputy spokesperson”.

After protesting outside the Army over the contents of the post, 5 protest leaders face official charges of “violating the Emergency Decree, the Traffic Act and use of loudspeakers in public without permission. The 5 protagonists facing charges are human rights lawyer Anon Nampa, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Piyarath “Toto” Jongthep, Suwanna Tarnlek and Panupong Jardnok (Mike Rayong).

All 5 deny the charges and say they will defend their roles in court.

The charges follow a weekend of protests, with up to some 30,000 people gathering in the Bangkok rain to rally against the government and confirm a 10-point manifesto which includes demands to reform Thai politics and the country’s monarchy. Specially the demands include the dissolution of the Thai parliament, standing down of the current PM and a new constitution to replace the 2017 Thai charter.

Today the Fine Arts Department has also says it will file charges of “trespassing on an archaeological site” after protesters yesterday embedded a symbolic brass plaque to replace another plaque that dates back to the 1932 Siam Revolution (when a bloodless coup overthrew the ‘absolute monarchy’ in Thailand). That plaque mysteriously disappeared in 2017.

The protesters responded this afternoon by saying that Sanam Luang is not an archaeological site, but a “public space for recreation and for vendors and hawkers”.

Following on from the support of the crowd over the weekend, the protesters are planning to stage another protest in front of Parliament this Thursday. A House debate on constitutional amendments is due to start this Wednesday.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Thailand Post to upcycle parcel boxes into furniture for Border Patrol Police School

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The Thailand Post is going to turn its parcel cardboard boxes and paper envelopes into tables and chairs for students at the Border Patrol Police School. The postal service says they’ve already received 10,000 kilograms of used boxes and envelopes for the upcycling project.

People can send used parcel boxes and envelopes back to Thailand Post to be collected for the furniture project. President of the postal service Korkij Danchaivichit says discounts and promotions are offered through the 9.9 online shopping campaign which promotes the reuse of the packages. He says some local online marketers have already hopped on board.

“It is a win-win situation for all… First of all, suppliers use compostable paper parcels that are eco-friendly; also 9.9 online shopping enhances the economy, and finally, we (Post Office) get to collect the reusable paper parcels and turn them into furniture to supply schools.”

The campaign ends on October 31. Korkij says he’d like to invite more people, online retailers and businesses to send back their used parcel boxes and envelopes.

SOURCES:Xinhua| Nation Thailand

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