Month: July 1999

  • PhuketDeadline warning for those employing illegals | Thaiger

    Deadline warning for those employing illegals

    PHUKET TOWN: Employers hiring illegal labor from countries such as Burma or Cambodia have been reminded that they have until next Wednesday, August 4, to report the illegals to the Phuket Provincial Employment Service Office. After that date employers face a fine of up to 60,000 baht or three years in jail, or both, if they are found to be…

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  • Phuket102 road deaths in first six months of 1999 | Thaiger

    102 road deaths in first six months of 1999

    PHUKET: Phuket Health Office has reported that 5,421 people were involved in road accidents in the first six months of 1999. Of these, 4,835 – 92% – were on motorcycles. In the same period, 102 people died in road accidents. Again, bikes accounted for nearly all the statistics – 94 of the dead were on motorcycles. In June 765 people…

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  • PhuketAustralian tourist drowns, two others saved | Thaiger

    Australian tourist drowns, two others saved

    PATONG: The body of an Australian tourist who disappeared while swimming on Monday was found last night in front of the Phuket Cabana Hotel. The tourist, named by police as Henry Ng, 27, was staying with his girlfriend at the Novotel Phuket Resort. While swimming off Kalim beach, the two were hit by a large wave. A fishermen managed to…

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  • PhuketOrBorJor imposes fuel and tobacco taxes | Thaiger

    OrBorJor imposes fuel and tobacco taxes

    PHUKET: Banlur Tantivit, president of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), announced on Sunday that the organization has agreed to levy taxes on tobacco and fuel. As predicted in the Gazette (July 1, 1999, issue) the tobacco tax will be 4.54 satang per cigar or cigarette, while the fuel tax will be 4.54 satang per liter. Both taxes are already…

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  • Chiang MaiTwo Chiang Mai men arrested for selling yaba | Thaiger

    Two Chiang Mai men arrested for selling yaba

    PHUKET TOWN: Two men from Chiang Mai were arrested on Wednesday last week for trafficking in amphetamines (yaba). A total of 300 pills of the drug were seized by the arresting officers. Undercover officers observed the two, aged 46 and 24, selling the drug in a restaurant at the junction of Si Sena Rd and Surin Rd. The two were…

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  • PhuketKamala sees toughest competition in election | Thaiger

    Kamala sees toughest competition in election

    PHUKET TOWN: Members of the newly elected Tambon Administration Organizations (OrBorTor) in Phuket will vote today to decide who will be on the three-member executive committees of each of Phuket’s 13 OrBorTor. The OrBorTor elections, which took place on July 18, generally went smoothly, with an overall turnout around Phuket of 59% of the total 85,025 eligible voters. In seven…

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  • Phuket“Good swimmer’ drowns at Kamala | Thaiger

    “Good swimmer’ drowns at Kamala

    PATONG: A British tourist drowned on Saturday at Laem Sing beach, Kamala. Police named him as Stephen Guy Douglas Desborough, aged 41. Police said that he was swimming alone while his Thai girlfriend stayed on the beach reading the newspaper. She told them that he was a good swimmer, and often swam at Kamala beach, especially when there were big…

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  • PhuketPolice drive to boost awareness of crime | Thaiger

    Police drive to boost awareness of crime

    PHUKET TOWN: Police have launched a drive to raise public awareness of ways to guard against criminals, particularly burglars and snatch-and-run thieves. The drive takes the form of a card which can be hung on the doorknobs of people’s homes and which gives the following advice to cut down the risk of burglary: Before you leave the house, make sure…

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  • PhuketCAT opens international video conference center | Thaiger

    CAT opens international video conference center

    PHUKET TOWN: The Communication Authority of Thailand (CAT) has opened an international video conference center in Phuket, only the second in Thailand. Voravit Vorapiboonpong, chief of the Phuket Telecommunications Center explained that video conferencing was a high-tech way for people from different countries to have a meeting without having to travel, saving both time and cost. The center may be…

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  • PhuketTAT outlines plans to mark the Millennium | Thaiger

    TAT outlines plans to mark the Millennium

    PHUKET: It’s early yet, but the Tourism Authority of Thailand has made tentative plans to mark the new millennium with a “Goodbye 1999 -Welcome 2000” party at the sunset-watchers’ favorite location, Laem Phromthep. Anuparp Thirarath, Director of TAT’s southern office, said he is currently waiting for Bangkok to approve his proposal and the 200,000-baht budget it will need. The party,…

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  • PhuketTAT opens PO Box for suggestions | Thaiger

    TAT opens PO Box for suggestions

    BANGKOK: Seree Wangpaijit, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that the TAT now has a PO Box specifically for people in the tourism industry who wish to write to the TAT to express views or make suggestions. Those wishing to use this service should write to PO Box 33, Suthisarn Post Office, Bangkok 10321. Anonymous correspondence…

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  • PhuketMotorbike taxi driver caught with yaba | Thaiger

    Motorbike taxi driver caught with yaba

    TAMBON MAIKAO: A motorbike taxi driver, stopped yesterday at a police checkpoint because he looked suspicious, was found to be carrying 200 amphetamine (yaba) pills in the lining of his helmet. Police, who set the checkpoint at Tambon Maikao near Thalang said the 30-year-old man admitted he had bought the drugs in his home town in Phlypraya District in Krabi…

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  • PhuketFalse pregnancy lands woman in custody | Thaiger

    False pregnancy lands woman in custody

    PHUKET TOWN: A woman who became heavily pregnant, very suddenly, while in the Super Cheap store on Thepkrassatri Rd was arrested yesterday for the theft of two cans of tuna, two cans of rambutans and two of coconut cream, plus a pair of jeans and a pack of plastic bags. Police were called to the store after a staff member…

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  • PhuketNew post office opens in Patong | Thaiger

    New post office opens in Patong

    PATONG BEACH: Today saw the opening of a new post office at 41/1 Rat-U-Thit Rd. Wisan Pongtiwattanakul, postal chief in Patong, said he hoped the new branch would make it more convenient for both Thais and foreigners, whether individuals or companies, to handle mail and money transactions. Services offered include domestic and international letter and parcel post, EMS courier, the…

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  • PhuketFame and money not enough to win local elections | Thaiger

    Fame and money not enough to win local elections

    PHUKET TOWN: A survey by Rajabhat Institute into voters’ beliefs in the run-up to Sunday’s Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) elections reveals that voters have very definite ideas of what they expect of those elected. It is also clear that having a lot of money or being well known will not necessarily attract many votes. What most of the voters want…

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  • PhuketDrug-dealing duo arrested in rubber plantation | Thaiger

    Drug-dealing duo arrested in rubber plantation

    THALANG: Police raided a home in a rubber plantation in Baan Bangtak on Tuesday after undercover officers bought 10 amphetamine (yaba) pills from the occupants. Inside they found a further 65 pills hidden in a rubber-tapping can. A 41-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were arrested and charged with possession and dealing in illicit drugs. Police said the two admitted…

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  • PhuketStar-crossed couple in double suicide | Thaiger

    Star-crossed couple in double suicide

    CHALONG: Police yesterday found the bodies of a young couple who apparently committed suicide when life became too difficult. Alerted by neighbors who called them to investigate a bad smell coming from the couple’s rented room behind Wat Sawangarom, police found the corpses of Kowit Singkasem, 22, and his four-months-pregnant wife Petcharat Sangmanee, 21. Both were hanging from a beam…

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  • PhuketPhuket father and son discover new snail | Thaiger

    Phuket father and son discover new snail

    PHUKET: A species of tiny snail, previously unknown to science, has been discovered by a Phuket father and son who hunted for a live example for nearly two years after finding a fossil. Somnuek Pattamakanthin, 52, who set up the Phuket Seashell Museum in Rawai, and his son Somwang, 22, found a fossil of the snail in 1997 in the…

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  • PhuketSix arrested in drugs raid | Thaiger

    Six arrested in drugs raid

    THALANG: Police on Saturday raided a house in Baan Pru Somparn and arrested a 42-year-old woman and five men aged between 18 and 50 on charges of possession and trafficking in amphetamines (yaba). Pol. Col. Prapakorn Saksupa, superintendent of Thalang police station, said the raid uncovered 44 yaba pills, three sets of yaba-taking paraphernalia, 32,300 baht and a book listing…

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  • PhuketJapanese tourist drowns at Karon Noi | Thaiger

    Japanese tourist drowns at Karon Noi

    PHUKET: A Japanese tourist drowned while swimming off Karon Noi beach, in front of Le Meridien hotel, yesterday afternoon. Pol Capt Chokchai Suttimek of Chalong Police Station, said the tourist, whose name he gave as Mr Yoshinori, 56, was swimming with a number of other hotel guests who were all swept out into the sea by heavy seas. Some managed…

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  • PhuketLaguna Resorts to take over Banyan Tree | Thaiger

    Laguna Resorts to take over Banyan Tree

    PHUKET: Laguna Resorts and Hotels Plc (LRH) has announced a plan to acquire the Banyan Tree Hotel Group, an acquisition that would make it the largest hotel group in Thailand and one of the biggest in Asia. LRH’s board of directors approved the plan on July 9. It has yet to be approved by shareholders, who will meet on August…

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  • PhuketTen arrested in raid on karaoke club | Thaiger

    Ten arrested in raid on karaoke club

    PHUKET TOWN: Police and Immigration officers raided the Love Karaoke club on Poonpol Rd on Tuesday and arrested two Burmese and three Laotian waitresses found to be in Thailand illegally. The also arrested five Hill Tribe women, also working as waitresses, for working outside the border control area. The 10 waitresses ranged in age from 14 to 22.

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