Month: September 1999

  • PhuketRoad accidents kill 10 in one month | Thaiger

    Road accidents kill 10 in one month

    PHUKET: Ten people were killed in traffic accidents between July 20 and August 20, according to statistics from the Wachira, Thalang, and Patong government hospitals. Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn of the Phuket Provincial Health Office reported that two of the victims died in car accidents, while the remaining eight died in motorcycle crashes. In the same period, 44 people were injured in…

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  • PhuketPolice raid nets protected marine life | Thaiger

    Police raid nets protected marine life

    RAWAI: Police are trying to identify the owner of a house in the Sea Gypsy village in Rawai after a raid on it revealed 18 tanks containing 19 pieces of live coral, 130 sea anemones, and more than 2,000 fish of protected species. Pol Col Sati Malakanont, superintendent of Chalong Police Station, told the Gazette that the house was raided…

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  • PhuketTong trial adjourned as witness fails to appear | Thaiger

    Tong trial adjourned as witness fails to appear

    PHUKET TOWN: The trial of five men accused in the June 1997 murder of American Danis Wayne Tong was adjourned again today after a witness failed to appear. Two witnesses were scheduled to testify for the prosecution, but only one attended the court. The defense argued that since the testimony of the two witnesses was in relation to the same…

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  • PhuketBritish teacher jailed for molesting six-year-old | Thaiger

    British teacher jailed for molesting six-year-old

    BANGKOK (AFP): A 52-year-old British school teacher has been sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a Thai pupil, court officials said today. A judge in Thanyaburi court in Bangkok’s northern suburbs initially sentenced Peter William Maxey to 12 years in jail, but halved the sentence after taking into account his admission of guilt. Social…

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  • PhuketTourists witness murder of tuk-tuk driver | Thaiger

    Tourists witness murder of tuk-tuk driver

    PHUKET TOWN: A horrified group of Western tourists watched helplessly as their tuk-tuk driver was shot dead by a hit-man in the road outside The Metropole hotel in Phuket Town on Saturday night. Prasit Petchkong, 56, from Phattalung province, had just picked up the group when two men on a black Honda Dream motorcycle with no license plates stopped nearby.…

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  • PhuketNew Governor flies in tomorrow | Thaiger

    New Governor flies in tomorrow

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket’s new Governor, Charnchai Soontharamut, will arrive in Phuket tomorrow. He will be met at the airport by the province’s vice-governors and members of the local civil service before being whisked away on a tour of the island. But conspicuously absent from the airport greeting will be 60 of Phuket’s top movers and shakers. They leave tonight on…

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  • PhuketPhuket wins “Most Idyllic Island’ award | Thaiger

    Phuket wins “Most Idyllic Island’ award

    PHUKET: Condé Nast Traveller, one of the world’s premier consumer magazines, has named Phuket “Most idyllic island in the world” following a survey of its readers. Phuket came ahead of Pangkor Laut in Malaysia, Hawaii, Sardinia, Tobago in the Caribbean, Bali and Koh Samui.

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  • PhuketThai wins country’s first surfing contest | Thaiger

    Thai wins country’s first surfing contest

    KATA BEACH: Chalong Tonaus, 24, is no longer just a lad from Phitsanulok working as a beach boy in Patong. On Sunday, he became the first surfing champion in Thailand. Chalong was elated by his victory over some 50 other surfers in the Quicksilver Phuket Surfing Contest, organised by Aloha Surf Sports in cooperation with the Tourist Authority of Thailand…

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  • PhuketPolice say burglary detection rates up sharply | Thaiger

    Police say burglary detection rates up sharply

    PHUKET TOWN: Police detection rates in burglary offences have risen significantly this year compared with the previous two years, latest statistics from Phuket Town Police Station show. In 1997, police received 372 reports of burglary, and made arrests in 258 of them, a detection rate of 69%. Last year there were 401 reported burglaries, of which 282, or 70%, were…

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  • PhuketPatong may be first beach to have lifeguards | Thaiger

    Patong may be first beach to have lifeguards

    KATHU: Pol. Col. Kokiat Wongvorachart, Superintendent of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette this morning that his unit is sponsoring two new tourist safety projects for the coming high season in Patong. The proposals are currently awaiting approval from the Ministry of Interior in Bangkok. Khun Kokiat says he is optimistic that approval, along with the required budget allocations, will…

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  • PhuketRough seas for software pirate | Thaiger

    Rough seas for software pirate

    BANGKOK (AFP) – A Thai-Japanese engineering firm has paid the largest ever out-of-court settlement in southeast Asia for the use of pirated software, a software industry alliance announced this morning. “This settlement sends a very clear warning: using pirated software carries high risks and will result in severe financial penalties,” said Heuy Tan of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in…

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  • PhuketPhuket Town has “best police station in the South’ | Thaiger

    Phuket Town has “best police station in the South’

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Town Police Station has won a special award for being the best police station in southern Thailand, beating 111 other police stations in the seven provinces that comprise Police Region 8. The citation came as part of a nationwide drive by the Ministry of Interior to improve police operations in Thailand. Police stations were evaluated on…

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  • PhuketQantas 747 accident closes airport runway | Thaiger

    Qantas 747 accident closes airport runway

    BANGKOK (AFP): One runway at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport was closed today after a jet belonging to the Australian airline Qantas ploughed off the end of it while landing in heavy rain last night. None of the 410 passengers and crew aboard the plane was seriously injured, a Qantas spokeswoman said, but the Boeing 747 sustained damage to the nose,…

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  • PhuketSwedish tourist drowns in pool | Thaiger

    Swedish tourist drowns in pool

    PATONG: A 23-year-old Swedish tourist drowned yesterday evening in the swimming pool at the Patong Beach Hotel. Ken Anders Thunhtrom was in Phuket on holiday with three friends. All four went swimming in the pool, which was crowded with other tourists. The friends told police that they realized they had not seen Mr Thunhtrom for about 20 minutes. After looking…

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  • PhuketAppeal for help in dugong preservation drive | Thaiger

    Appeal for help in dugong preservation drive

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Provincial Forestry Office has issued an appeal for people to help in a national survey of dugong. The aim is to preserve these slow-moving, vegetarian, marine mammals. Dugongs are one of the 15 species of animals protected by Thai law, but their numbers have diminished significantly over the past few years, partly because of destruction of…

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  • PhuketFruit seller charged with rape of child | Thaiger

    Fruit seller charged with rape of child

    PHUKET TOWN: A 53-year-old man has been arrested by Phuket Town police and charged with the repeated rape of a 13-year-old girl. The man was arrested after a Patong Beach food seller reported that her daughter had been raped a number of times by the man, a fruit merchant in the Patong area. The daughter told police that she had…

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  • PhuketTaiwan businessman robbed of a million baht | Thaiger

    Taiwan businessman robbed of a million baht

    PHUKET TOWN: Police are investigating the theft on Saturday or Sunday of more than a million baht from a visiting Taiwanese businessman. The businessman, Ho Min Sun, 56, came to Phuket with his son and two friends to buy tuna for export to restaurants in Taiwan. All four stayed in the Daeng Plaza Hotel on Phang-Nga Rd. When he checked…

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  • PhuketPolice “know who Supercheap killers are’ | Thaiger

    Police “know who Supercheap killers are’

    PHUKET TOWN: Police believe they now know the identities of the two men involved in the recent Supercheap murder-robbery, but are compiling more forensic and witness evidence before they can move to arrest them. Pol Col Chalit Thintanee, superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that he and his men are currently awaiting the results of forensic tests…

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  • Phuket14-year-old girl sold her body to buy drugs | Thaiger

    14-year-old girl sold her body to buy drugs

    PHUKET TOWN: Shortly after the discovery recently of the body of a man stabbed 58 times on the playing fields near the public housing estate in Tambon Rassada, Phuket Town, police were again in action in the area on Saturday, this time after a tip-off that drugs were being traded there. Their raid netted four young people in possession of…

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  • PhuketFactory explosion kills 22, injures dozens more | Thaiger

    Factory explosion kills 22, injures dozens more

    CHIANG MAI, (AFP): At least 22 people were killed and dozens injured this morning when an explosion destroyed a Taiwanese-owned fruit factory in San Pa Tong, northern Chiang Mai province, police said. All of the victims were Thai. The blast ripped through a longan processing plant while 30 people were working in it. Bodies and charred equipment lay in the…

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  • PhuketSkal Golf event raises 125,000 baht for charity | Thaiger

    Skal Golf event raises 125,000 baht for charity

    CHERNG TALAY: The Skal Club held a highly successful golf tournament on Wednesday at the Banyan Tree Golf Club, raising 125,000 baht for charity. Forty-six golfers took part. A total of 65,000 baht was raised on the golf course, plus 4,000 baht from the dinner at the Whispering Cock pub following the tournament, 42,000 baht in an auction, and 18,000…

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  • PhuketLocal team in shock defeat of national side | Thaiger

    Local team in shock defeat of national side

    PHUKET TOWN: A scratch soccer team made up of players from Phuket and Chumphon beat Thailand’s national under-17 team 1-0 on Thursday, with a last-minute goal at the Saphan Hin stadium. The loss was a blow for the national squad, who are the Asian champions in their age group, and who preparing for the Under-17 Football World Championships in Napier,…

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