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Thailand Live Wednesday 21 September 2011

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Paiboon calls for 'dam healthy Phuket'

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Phuket OrBorJor President Paiboon Upatising called for more 'healthy options'

for Phuket people to enjoy the outdoors.

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A schematic of the plans to redevelop the area around Phuket's Bang Wad

Reservoir into four zones, including a botanical garden.

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Blind swimmer's balcony fall

By The Nation

A blind swimmer was injured yesterday after accidentally falling from his dormitory's balcony at Supachalasai Stadium.

Phongsathorn Choochom was treated by a physician at the site for a broken arm. He has been admitted to Police General Hospital for further internal checks, an officer who works for Paralympics Committee of Thailand said.

The swimmer has trained and practised swimming since September 1 to compete in the Asean Para Games 2011 to be held in December in Indonesia.

The officer was told that Phongsathorn fell from the fourth floor of the dormitory while he and a friend who also has an eyesight problem were moving an object in his room.

He said the balcony fence was shorter than an adult's height from feet to waist. Phongsathorn walked backwards and fell from the balcony.

Disabled athletes stay in the same dormitories as other athletes without disabilities, but the facilities often do not suit them. The committee had requested past governments to provide them with special dormitories with suitable facilities but there was no progress so far, he added.

He called on the current government to provide more suitable dormitories for disabled athletes.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-21

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Press panel will investigate e-mail on bribes to journalists

By The Nation

The National Press Council yesterday set up a committee to look into an appeal against the council's ruling that a e-mail allegedly written by a Pheu Thai Party figure, which detailed bribes to journalists, was genuine.

The panel members are Assoc Prof Jumpol Rodkhamdee, Saksit Viboonsinsophon, Sawit Bamrungsuk, Saree Ongsomwang and Jakkrit Waewklaihong.

It was given 30 days to report its findings back to the council.

The council also acknowledged the withdrawal of Matichon newspaper from its membership in protest against its conclusion regarding the bribery scandal. Matichon reporters were among those named as beneficiaries of the alleged bribes.

Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Wim Rungwattanajinda was accused of sending an e-mail to his boss, saying he had paid Bt20,000 each to some journalists in exchange for giving priority coverage to Yingluck Shinawatra during her election campaign.

The council resolved to formally thank Nation Multimedia Group, one of its members, for confirming in writing its intention to strictly abide by the council's code of ethics.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-21

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HM gives nod to crematorium design

By The Nation

His Majesty has approved the design of the crematorium to be used for the funeral of HRH Princess Bejaratana, Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome said last week. The crematorium is similar to the one built for the funeral of HRH Princess Galayani Vadhana.

The crematorium, the construction of which will begin on December 15, should be ready by March, well in advance of the funeral scheduled for April 9. The structure, displaying the late princess's full regalia, will be 33 metres high and will stand on a 28m by 30m base. The construction of the structure will be carried out mainly at the National Theatre, which is near Sanam Luang, where the funeral will be held on April 9.

The offspring of Prasom Soosutthi, who is known for his artistic carving of banana trees used in funerals, have been selected to do the work.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-21

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Youths sought for Asean culture camp

By The Nation

Young people have been invited to apply for cultural exchanges with people from other Asean countries and Asean dialogue partners at an Asean Cultural Youth Camp to be held in November.

Thai youths aged from 1825 years who can communicate in English, adjust themselves to a new environment, know Asean culture and have cultural abilities are eligible to send applications.

Individuals must have abilities, such as traditional Thai dancing, playing Thai musical instruments, a knowledge of archaeology, or mass media photography.

Each of 10 Asean countries, plus China, Japan and South Korea, will send five representatives to participate in the camp. It will be organised near Borobudur Temple in Indonesia from November 2027 under the theme "We Feel, We Care and We Share Our Culture Identity."

The application deadline is September 30. Interested people can request then return application forms to the Office of the Permanent Secretary at the Culture Ministry. Call 024228947 for more details.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-21

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