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Profile: Phuket’s Deputy Chief Judge Boonjuan Panich

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PHUKET: Boonjuan Panich from Trang Province is the current deputy chief judge of the Phuket Court. He is also the president of the Trang-Phuket Club – a group of Trang natives living and working in Phuket.

Now 49 years old, Mr Boonjuan has achieved much from a humble childhood as the second son of a rubber plantation worker in rural Trang.

“When I was a child, I didn’t pay much attention in school. I graduated from high school with a grade point average of only 1.1.”

Ultimately, it was his love of football that opened doors for him later in life.

“My grades weren’t good and my family was not wealthy, so I was not able to go to university. However, I passed the entrance exam to study with the Royal Thai Navy in Samut Prakan,” he added.

“I did not know whether that was a good or bad decision. I just wanted to continue studying without having to spend money. I studied there for two years, but my results were very bad. I was 38th in a class of 40 students.”

After graduating, Mr Boonjuan joined the navy at a low level. In his free time, he played football for the Navy Football Club.

He was then invited to play for Ramkhamhaeng University’s football team and acquired a new lease on life. With a revived love for the sport, he quickly became a popular player. But to gain a permanent spot on the university team he had to be enrolled at the campus, with at least 18 credits a year.

“This was a turning point in my life,” he said.

He took this opportunity to study for a bachelor’s degree in law.

By his second year at the university, he knew he was on a new path with a brighter future, so he quit the navy.

“This was the second biggest turning point in my life, but at first I didn’t tell anyone about my plans, not even my parents. When they did eventually find out, they were very angry, which put me under even more pressure.”

Yet this time Mr Boonjuan was determined to study hard and get good results. He made a promise to himself not to return home until after he’d successfully graduated. He took school books with him every time he went to play football in other provinces and crammed constantly.

The effort paid off. After four years of study, he was the proud holder of a law degree. His parents were the first to hear the good news over the phone.

Throughout his studies, Mr Boonjuan paid his own way with the money he earned from playing football.

Once he’d graduated, Mr Boonjuan got a job as a lawyer at a well-known law firm, through the many connections he had made during his time as a footballer. He then studied further to become a barrister, passing the bar after a year as one of the top 20 students out of a total of 400.

However, there was still much work ahead for this high achiever. His next goal was to become a judge. He quit his job at the law firm and began another stint of dedicated study, reading at all hours and sleeping for only four to five hours a day, he says, and eventually achieved his goal.

Mr Boonjuan claims his recipe for success is facing difficulties head-on and finding a way to cope with the pressure.

“Don’t put things off and wait for the ‘right time’. There is no right time. Whatever it is you want to do, just do it. If you keep waiting, you will never find success.”

— Kongleaphy Keam

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Songkhla soi dogs heading to the US

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PHOTOS: Workpoint News | Thai Street Paws Rescue

5 dogs out of 29 that had been left to die in an abandoned home in Songkhla are now heading to the US to meet their new owners.

Officials from the Division of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Service and Smiledog Home volunteers report that the 29 dogs and 8 cats were abandoned at a house in Songkhla. Two representatives from Smiledog are taking care of the animals in Songkhla as their health improves and the lucky 5 dogs prepare for their long plane journey. A team of vets from Song Tale Veterinary Clinic have been providing expert medical care.

The owner of Thai Street Paws Rescue, Tamara Johnston, is an Australian teacher who teaches in Songkhla. She has played a major role in saving these animals and is the reason why 5 of them will be traveling to the US in September. She has been rescuing stray dogs and finds new owners for them without any adoption costs, except the travel fees for the animals.

Siripun Knampromwong from Smiledog Home says that the dogs have been happier since the rescue. They are playing with each other and have enough space to run around. There are still some animals available for adoption, those who are interested can contact via the Facebook page.

STORY: Workpoint News | Thai Residents

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John Legend & Chrissy Teigen check out the tastes at a Korat Market

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American music legend, John Legend, and his Thai-American wife Chrissy Teigen headed to a Nakhon Ratchasima food market only to be surrounded by locals trying to get a quick selfie.

The army of fans surround the musician, his wife and daughter to follow them around the market in the 25 minute Facebook post. It was smiles all around but as the video wears on so does the patience of the American singer whose only protection appears to be a plain-shirt body-guard who is at least 40 centimetres taller than everyone around him (he doesn’t stand out at all).

A Thai policemen comes to their rescue and helps escort them somewhere a bit quieter.

Legend’s model wife Chrissy Teigen is seen almost wearing her dress as any number of wardrobe malfunctions appear moments away from happening throughout the video.

The family were reported to have visited a number of famous Korat landmarks during their visit to the area.

Legend performed in Bangkok in March 2018 this year as part of his Darkness and Light tour.

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Phuket’s lifeguards say goodbye to a champion of local beach safety

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PHOTOS: Phuket Lifeguard Service

A commemoration ceremony has been held for Prathaiyuth Chuayuan, a local Phuketian who helped drive Phuket’s first beach lifeguard services. He passed away on Friday morning after a heart attack.

He first experienced chest pains whilst delivering his daughter to school in Phuket Town on Friday morning, drove himself immediately to the Vachira Hospital nearby but succumbed to cardiac arrest around 9am.

He was 57 years old.

He worked with Australian lifesavers to help train local lifeguards and improve the skills of the Phuket’s beach enthusiasts, and finally sought international accreditation for the growing body of competent Phuket lifeguards.

The Phuket Lifeguards Service, founded and run by Prathaiyuth and his wife Witanya, saved innumerable lives each year whilst battling Provincial Hall and local government for increased funding in annual contract negotiations.

Daren Jenner, a FOT (Friend of The Thaiger) and local safety officer for the International Surf Lifesaving Association, sent a message to us expressing his deepest condolences to Prathaiyuth’s wife, family and friends.

“I had many good conversations with him over the years. He was a good-hearted man who did his best in difficult and changing circumstances. A very big loss for Phuket and the lifesaving community here. ISLA sends our deepest respect for his long commitment to ocean safety in SE Asia.”

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