Month: April 1999

  • Phuket NewsLatest monthly road toll: 18 dead, 948 injured | Thaiger

    Latest monthly road toll: 18 dead, 948 injured

    PHUKET: Eighteen people died in traffic accidents in Phuket between February 20 and March 20. Khun Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn, the Professional Nurse at the Phuket Provincial Health Office, reported that according to figures from the three government hospitals — Wachira, Thalang and Patong – 948 people were injured on the island’s roads during the latest reporting period, some of them severely.…

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  • Phuket NewsTourists to get VAT refunds from June 1 | Thaiger

    Tourists to get VAT refunds from June 1

    PHUKET TOWN: From June 1, tourists buying goods in Phuket will be able to get the value added tax (VAT) on those goods refunded when they leave the country. Khun Annop Buakruen, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Revenue Office, explained that tourists will be able to get refunds at four airports in Thailand — Bangkok, Phuket, Haad Yai and Chiang…

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  • Phuket NewsMurder trial testimony again delayed | Thaiger

    Murder trial testimony again delayed

    PHUKET TOWN: Judge Amornpoj Kulwijit today postponed testimony in the murder trial of Nongnut Tungkaburi and Kraisorn Kamnoun. The two stand accused of participation in a murder-for-hire scheme in connection with the brutal stabbing death of 56-year-old British publican Roger Jennings at his home in Patong Hill Estate on December 15, 1997. The judge heard that the lawyer for one…

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  • Phuket NewsWeatherman warns swimmers: Be careful! | Thaiger

    Weatherman warns swimmers: Be careful!

    PHUKET: The island’s top meteorologist has warned that people should be careful when swimming off Phuket’s beaches because of large swells generated by storms out at sea. Khun Amorn Chantanavivate, Director of the Meteorological Department, said a tropical depression over the South China Sea was causing storms in the region. He urged swimmers to check flags on beaches to see…

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  • Phuket NewsPétanque players call it a draw | Thaiger

    Pétanque players call it a draw

    CHERNG TALAY: The winners of prizes in Phuket’s fourth international pétanque competition on Sunday (April 25) had to be decided by a draw after confusion over the points awarded in the final. Philippe Cablat, manager of the Black Cat restaurant where the tournament was held, was a little embarrassed. “I don’t want to tell you the names of the draw…

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  • Phuket NewsMinistry boss gives progress the thumbs-up | Thaiger

    Ministry boss gives progress the thumbs-up

    PHUKET TOWN: A senior government official today gave Phuket his seal of approval for its progress in implementing projects funded by the central government. Khun Anand Tejavanija, Deputy Director-General of the Community Development Department of the Ministry of the Interior explained that he was visiting Phuket to check on progress in using the 2.15 million baht allocated by Bangkok for…

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  • Phuket NewsTeams named for Phuket Rugby Sevens | Thaiger

    Teams named for Phuket Rugby Sevens

    PHUKET: The Thai Rugby Union has named 15 of the 16 teams that will compete in the Phuket Rugby Sevens on July 3 and 4 at Sapanhin Stadium. Negotiations to confirm the last of the 16 sides are continuing. Apart from Thailand, the sides already confirmed are: China, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Scotland, Singapore, Sri…

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  • Phuket NewsPublic meeting to discuss local elections | Thaiger

    Public meeting to discuss local elections

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Provincial Election Commission will hold a public meeting next Wednesday (April 28) to discuss local administration elections. Khun Kitipong Thienkunagrit, one of Phuket’s five Provincial Election Commissioners, said that the election commissioners and the legal advisory committee have completed a draft bill to cover the way local elections are to be handled. But since these elections…

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  • Phuket NewsFund to pump millions into democracy education | Thaiger

    Fund to pump millions into democracy education

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket has received approval from the Miyazawa Fund to spend millions of baht educating people about Thailand’s new constitution. Though the exact amount to be spent on the five-month project is not yet finalised, it will involve hiring four coordinators at 8,000 baht a month each, and 96 educators at 5,000 baht a month each, for a total…

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  • Phuket NewsCommercial fishing limited in Andaman Sea | Thaiger

    Commercial fishing limited in Andaman Sea

    PHUKET: Fisheries Department Director-General Thamrong Prakobboon has announced temporary restrictions on commercial fishing in the Andaman Sea off the coasts of Krabi and Phang Nga provinces between April 15 and June 15. Among the restrictions imposed by the department is a ban on fishing using certain types of nets with holes smaller than 4.7 centimeters. The measures, which cover a…

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  • Phuket NewsWettest March in 30 years | Thaiger

    Wettest March in 30 years

    PHUKET: Rainfall in Phuket in March and the first week of April this year was the heaviest in 30 years, a government meteorological officer told the Gazette today. Khun Amorn Chantanavivate, Director of the Weather Forecasting Sub-Division of the Southwestern Regional Meteorological Center, reports that Phuket had 132.7mm of rain in March and 31.7mm in the first week of April.…

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  • Phuket NewsBig rise in claims by traffic victims | Thaiger

    Big rise in claims by traffic victims

    PHUKET: Claims for compensation from the Government’s Traffic Accident Victims Fund have shot up in 1999. The fund, which is run by the Phuket Insurance Office, paid out 111,097 baht to 12 claimants in the first three months of the year. This compares with 150,085 baht for the whole of 1997 and 122,732 baht in 1998. The fund pays victims…

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  • Phuket NewsSnake strikes foreigner in the Similans | Thaiger

    Snake strikes foreigner in the Similans

    SIMILAN ISLANDS: Australian Anthony Lynam was airlifted from the Similan Islands to Phya Thai hospital earlier this week after being bitten on the foot by a deadly Pope’s pit viper. Lynam, 34, was on a diving trip with Santana Diving Co of Patong when he decided to take a look around the local forest. Because of storms and high seas…

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  • Phuket NewsTeenager dies after saving swimmer | Thaiger

    Teenager dies after saving swimmer

    BANGTAO: The Governor of Phuket Province, Chadej Insawang, is to make a posthumous award for courage to Patchya Dangkrajang, who died in heavy seas on Songkran Day after rescuing a foreigner who got into trouble swimming. The Governor is also expected to award 22,000 baht from public welfare funds to the family of the 16-year-old hero. Patchya, who was helping…

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  • Phuket NewsHoliday saved by honest cab driver | Thaiger

    Holiday saved by honest cab driver

    PHUKET: An American traveller has had his holiday saved by an honest taxi driver, Tourist Police report. They say that American Brian Favorite left his wallet in a Tour Royale taxi on the way from the airport to his hotel in Patong. Taxi driver Worawit Seesakukam, 27, found the wallet, containing US$2,800 and more than 500 baht, in the back…

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  • Phuket NewsBusiness registrations up 30% over last year | Thaiger

    Business registrations up 30% over last year

    PHUKET TOWN: New businesses registered in the first quarter of this year show an increase of 30 percent over the same period in 1998, indicating a surge of confidence in the island’s economy. Khun Virachai Tantiwattanawanlop, Head Administrator of the Phuket Commercial Registration Department, told the Gazette that in the first three months of 1999, 163 new firms registered with…

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  • Phuket News18 Dead, 862 Hurt In Traffic Accidents | Thaiger

    18 Dead, 862 Hurt In Traffic Accidents

    PHUKET TOWN: Eighteen people were killed in traffic accidents between February 20 and March 19, and a further 862 were injured, according to figures from Phuket’s three government hospitals – Wachira, Thalang and Patong. Motorcycle accidents were to blame for the vast majority of deaths and injuries. Of the 18 dead, 16 were on motorcycles, while 787 of those reported…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket On Guard Against Malaysian Virus | Thaiger

    Phuket On Guard Against Malaysian Virus

    PHUKET: Health officials in Phuket are scrambling to devise a new strategy to ensure the pig-related virus that has killed dozens in Malaysia does not spread to the island. The authorities, along with Malaysian health officials, originally thought the outbreak was Japanese Encephalitis (JE), which is endemic in much of the Far East. But research by the US-based Centers for…

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