Year: 1999

  • Phuket NewsReward for information on gas smugglers | Thaiger

    Reward for information on gas smugglers

    PHUKET: The Ministry of Finance is offering rewards for anyone giving information that leads to the arrest of gasoline smugglers, it was announced today. The announcement came as Marine Police said they had stopped two vessels on Friday, arrested nine people, and confiscated more than 100,000 liters of fuel. Pol Lt Gen Luan Panrotthip, Commissioner of the Illegal Gasoline Suppression…

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  • Phuket NewsTHAI “may suspend flights around Y2K’ | Thaiger

    THAI “may suspend flights around Y2K’

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thai Airways (THAI) may suspend flights around the New Year if passengers are worried the millennium computer bug could make aircraft and airports unsafe, the government said today. The national airline is considering not flying for a half-day or a full day in response to passenger concerns, Transport Minister Suthep Theungsuban told reporters. “If passengers do not feel…

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  • Phuket NewsMother has son arrested | Thaiger

    Mother has son arrested

    PHUKET TOWN: A frantic mother reported her own son to the police on Friday in a desperate bid to stop him taking ya bah. Pol Lt Parichat Jaturonpan of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that he had received an anonymous phone call urging him to arrest a man at a bicycle shop on Patiphat Rd. The caller said…

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  • Phuket NewsRobbers beat shop owner, steal 600,000 baht | Thaiger

    Robbers beat shop owner, steal 600,000 baht

    PHUKET TOWN: Two armed thieves held up a woman in her shop on Ong Sim Phai Rd late Saturday night and stole 600,000 baht, a gold chain worth about 6,000 baht, and a mobile phone. They then pistol-whipped the woman and her niece, who arrived on the scene just as the robbers were completing their work. Pol Lt Parichat Jaturonpan…

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  • Phuket NewsAussie soldiers massacre Gazettes 45-0 | Thaiger

    Aussie soldiers massacre Gazettes 45-0

    PHUKET TOWN: Despite concerted efforts to reduce their opponents’ fitness by feeding them copious amounts of amber liquid the night before, the Phuket Gazettes rugby team were unable to withstand an Australian Army onslaught on Saturday, and were massacred 45-0. After the 15-a-side match at the Saphan Hin stadium, Gazettes skipper Patrick Cotter was gracious in defeat. “It was a…

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  • Phuket NewsUniversity lecturer charged with murder | Thaiger

    University lecturer charged with murder

    BANGKOK (AFP): A Japanese-American university lecturer has been arrested on charges of murdering his Thai girlfriend and dumping her body into a river, police in Bangkok said yesterday. The man, identified by police as Michael Yoshinaka, 34, a teacher at a university in California, was arrested in a hotel on Friday night. They said a gold ring belonging to his…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo tourists killed, two hurt in van crash | Thaiger

    Two tourists killed, two hurt in van crash

    CHIANG MAI (AFP): Two British tourists were killed and a Dutchman was injured this afternoon when a van crashed near a mountain-top retreat in northern Thailand. According to police, the accident happened when the van, hired by a tour company, went into a spin on a mountain road and hit crash barriers in northern Chiang Mai province, 700 kilometres (420…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice launch raids in Phuket Town | Thaiger

    Police launch raids in Phuket Town

    PHUKET: Police last night launched a series of raids aimed at catching illegal Burmese workers and cracking down on drug offenses and other crimes in Phuket Town. The raids, ordered by Pol Maj Gen Kongpol Suwannaraks, commander of the Phuket Provincial Police, began at 9 pm with 60 officers swooping on construction camps, the fishing port, rubber plantations, and shops.…

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  • Phuket NewsFather and son arrested for selling ya bah | Thaiger

    Father and son arrested for selling ya bah

    PHUKET: A father and son were arrested in Phuket Town yesterday for selling ya bah. Pol Capt Anukul Nuekate of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that his officers had received a report that people in a house on Phuket Road had been using ya bah and selling it for a long time. They raided the house. In it…

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  • Phuket NewsHospital director appeals for funds | Thaiger

    Hospital director appeals for funds

    PATONG: Dr Taweesak Netwong, the director of Patong Hospital, has appealed to the public to donate funds to help him in his plans to create Thailand’s first state-owned “international” hospital. Dr Taweesak told the Gazette that since Patong is in a unique location which requires it to deal with more tourists than any other hospital in Phuket, it needs upgrading.…

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  • Phuket NewsPatong parking plan postponed | Thaiger

    Patong parking plan postponed

    PATONG: Patong Municipality will be unable to collect parking fees until at least December 1 because it has been unable to find enough people to do the collecting. The chief of the Patong Treasury Department, Poom Tapnarong, told the Gazette this afternoon that there have been only 11 applicants for the 25 vacancies for parking fee collectors. The big problem,…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket expels illegal immigrants | Thaiger

    Phuket expels illegal immigrants

    PHUKET TOWN: A total of 72 illegal immigrants – 28 Burmese laborers and 44 Cambodian beggars – were sent back to their countries from Phuket today. The Burmese were sent to Ranong while the Cambodians were trucked to Aranyaprathet. All the Burmese were adults, but 30 of the Cambodians were children, and many of the 14 adults were handicapped. The…

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  • Phuket NewsTaiwanese tourist dies after night on the town | Thaiger

    Taiwanese tourist dies after night on the town

    PHUKET TOWN: The body of a Taiwanese tourist who died early on Sunday in his room at the Royal Phuket City Hotel was collected today by family members. Pol Maj Winai Kongkaew said the tourist, whom he named as Huang Tao-min, 36, arrived on Saturday with a tour group from Taiwan. That evening he went out drinking with friends, returning…

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  • Phuket NewsCar rental owner gives evidence in murder trial | Thaiger

    Car rental owner gives evidence in murder trial

    PHUKET: Prayoon Trongpeng, owner of a car and motorbike rental business, appeared in court yesterday morning as a witness in the ongoing trial of two people accused of participation in the murder of Briton Roger Jennings. Mr Jennings died after being stabbed 19 times in his Patong home on December 15, 1997. On trial are his common-law wife, Nongnut Tungkaburi,…

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  • Phuket NewsImmigration Police crack the whip on foreigners | Thaiger

    Immigration Police crack the whip on foreigners

    PHUKET: In a move reminiscent of the darker passages of a Kafka novel, Immigration Police in the province are visiting foreigners’ homes and demanding to see passports and visas. They say they plan to check up on every foreigner’s residential and work address every 90 days. The visits, which have raised the specter of a police state, have outraged a…

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  • Phuket NewsOzzies take three of four Laguna Triathlon titles | Thaiger

    Ozzies take three of four Laguna Triathlon titles

    BANGTAO: Australian Marc Lees returned to reinforce his dominance of the Thai Airways Laguna Phuket Triathlon with another triumph in the event this year. His win of 2:29:45 h over nearest rivals New Zealander John Newsom (2:30:26 h) and Canadian Peter Reid (2:31:00 h) was not unexpected. But the 27-year-old pro confessed he was not cruising. “It was a hard…

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  • Phuket NewsBlue Canyon nominated for Hertz awards | Thaiger

    Blue Canyon nominated for Hertz awards

    PHUKET: Blue Canyon Country Club is one of six resorts in the region nominated for the titles of “Asia-Pacific Golf Resort of The Year” and “Asia-Pacific Golf Course of the Year” in the prestigious Hertz International Golf Travel Awards 2000. Only one other Thai golf club, the Laem Chabang International Country Club, received a nomination, in the golf course of…

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  • Phuket NewsThailand shrugs off Y2K fears | Thaiger

    Thailand shrugs off Y2K fears

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thailand shrugged off fears it has acted too late to combat the millennium computer bug Friday, but advised citizens to stockpile food ‘just in case.’ Deputy Prime Minister Trirong Suwankiri hit out at claims that the United States and other nations do not trust Thailand’s effort to beat the Y2K bug. “Nobody trusts each other; we also do…

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  • Phuket NewsBank loses B350,000 to theft in car park | Thaiger

    Bank loses B350,000 to theft in car park

    PHUKET: Nearly 350,000 baht was stolen from a vehicle in the Lotus superstore parking lot on Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle belonged to a senior bank employee. Pol Maj Amnaun Kraiwutthinan of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that Vinai Wongkampoo, assistant manager at the Phuket Branch of Bank Thai (formerly the Saha Bank), and Urai Taweekul, a co-worker, had…

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  • Phuket NewsNorwegian tourist killed in bike crash | Thaiger

    Norwegian tourist killed in bike crash

    PHUKET TOWN: A Norwegian tourist died in a motorbike crash on Tuesday, the day he arrived to begin his holiday in Phuket. The dead man, named by police as Aunrik Hakon, 40, was involved in an accident just before 11 pm in front of the Prasat Witthaya School on Wichit Rd. Police believe that Mr Hakon, who was staying at…

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  • Phuket NewsWachira renews appeal for Type A+ blood | Thaiger

    Wachira renews appeal for Type A+ blood

    PHUKET: Type A+ blood is still urgently needed at Wachira Hospital for a young man undergoing a series of operations after a horrific motorbike accident. Pillion rider Chanthit Suthitantayaporn, 22, was thrown from the bike when the driver braked violently for a red light. The rider received minor cuts on his head and chin, but Chanthit suffered severe head and…

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  • Phuket NewsFast Eddy wins Patong mini-marathon | Thaiger

    Fast Eddy wins Patong mini-marathon

    PATONG: “Fast Eddy” Ou of the Hash House Harriers made it two years in a row when he won the “Fun Run” Mini-Marathon held to mark the beginning of the tourist season on Monday. Fewer than 50 runners took part in the 16-km race which went from the football field on Thaweewong Road to the Karon traffic circle and back.…

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  • Phuket NewsHospital appeals for type A+ blood | Thaiger

    Hospital appeals for type A+ blood

    PHUKET TOWN: Wachira Hospital has issued an appeal for type A+ blood after a young man was severely injured in an accident today. The hospital currently has just two bottles of A+ in its blood bank, and expects to use more during operations to be performed on the youth tomorrow (Wednesday). Anyone wishing to donate A+ blood is asked to…

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  • Phuket NewsFrance wins Junior Pétanque Championships | Thaiger

    France wins Junior Pétanque Championships

    SAPHAN HIN: France on Sunday recaptured the Seventh World Junior Pétanque Championship title after a lapse of six years, with a convincing 15-6 win over Switzerland. The French team – Ludovic Labrue, 17, Alexandre Ruffo, 17, Romaine Scultore, 15, and Nicolas Taviand, 17 – used a variety of strategic moves in “pointing” and “shooting” that experts agreed showed maturity beyond…

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  • Phuket NewsCity’s water to be suspended on Thursday | Thaiger

    City’s water to be suspended on Thursday

    PHUKET TOWN: The town’s water supply will be suspended for 15 hours on Thursday (4 November) so that tanks at the waterworks can be cleaned, the Municipality announced yesterday. Mayor Phumisak Hongyok said that supply will be suspended from 9 am to midnight. He advised anyone using mains water to ensure that they keep an adequate supply in their homes…

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  • Phuket NewsHot competition in Junior X-Games | Thaiger

    Hot competition in Junior X-Games

    PATONG: Today’s ESPN/Junior X-Games semi-finals saw tough competition, especially in the sport climbing – bouldering category. Pipoy Cosculluesia and Tagoy Ledesma from the Philippines, Kim Dae Yaob from South Korea and Michael Foo from Malaysia topped the event, each clearing the two routes on their first try. In the female category of the same event, Shaina Gu from Taiwan and…

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  • World NewsWorld News: Face of Bashar al-Assad’s government flees – diplomat | Thaiger

    World News: Face of Bashar al-Assad’s government flees – diplomat

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Syrian spokesman flees country: diplomat Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A Syrian foreign ministry spokesman, who was the most public face of Bashar al-Assad’s government as it battled a 20-month-old uprising, has fled the country, a diplomat in the region said yesterday. Jihad al-Makdissi, who is in…

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  • Phuket NewsFour crushed to death in truck accident | Thaiger

    Four crushed to death in truck accident

    CHALONG: Four construction workers from Phuket were crushed to death and two others were seriously hurt when a 10-wheel truck crashed on Patak Rd in Karon on Saturday. Pol Capt Sanae Panmee of Chalong Police Station told the Gazette that the truck was carrying a 3½-ton excavator as well as 10 construction workers, four in the cab with the driver…

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  • Phuket NewsRaids net two ya bah dealers in one day | Thaiger

    Raids net two ya bah dealers in one day

    PHUKET TOWN: Police nabbed two ya bah dealers on Thursday in two separate raids. The first arrest came after Pol Maj Searmpan Sirikong, inspector of the Special Team at Phuket Town Police Station, received information that a house on Soi Suknirun, off Chao Fa Nai Rd, was being used by drug dealers to sell ya bah. Police raided the house…

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  • Phuket News

    Lotus road chaos “could last a month’ – police

    SAM KONG: With traffic backed up in all four directions at the ‘Lotus intersection’ again last night, Phuketians are getting a good taste of motoring Bangkok-style. The narrow Phra Phuket Rd, running east from the notorious junction with the Bypass Rd, was blocked all the way to the traffic lights at Yaowarat Rd, a distance of close to two kilometers.…

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  • Phuket NewsHome-owners catch burglary suspect | Thaiger

    Home-owners catch burglary suspect

    CHALONG: Police have asked foreigners who have lost safes, cash, jewelry and other property in burglaries over the past 18 months to contact them. The call came after the arrest of a man they believe was responsible for raiding at least four foreigners’ homes in the Nai Harn area, and who appears to be connected also to a spate of…

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  • Phuket NewsDrug cases top crime league | Thaiger

    Drug cases top crime league

    PHUKET: Drug cases overtook gambling in the first three weeks of this month in the list of crimes reported. However, gamblers once again topped the league for the number of people arrested. The Phuket Provincial Office reported 64 cases or drug possession or trafficking between October 1 and 21, with 69 people arrested. Cases involving ya bah, which are counted…

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  • Phuket NewsAirport much busier than last year | Thaiger

    Airport much busier than last year

    PHUKET: If figures just issued by the Phuket International Airport are anything to go by, this year’s high season could be another big one. The numbers for September show that 210, 343 passengers arrived or departed through the airport, an increase of more than 7% on the same month last year. Although passengers on domestic flights totaled 131,443, a decrease…

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  • Phuket NewsTourist couple wake to burglary nightmare | Thaiger

    Tourist couple wake to burglary nightmare

    CHALONG: A Swedish couple on holiday in Karon woke up in the early hours yesterday to a nightmare: a burglar in their room holding their three-year-old daughter with his hand over her mouth. The Winnheds, in their 30s, were woken by a noise in their room and sat up to see the burglar with their daughter in his arms. Mrs…

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  • Phuket NewsLotus opening creates massive traffic jams | Thaiger

    Lotus opening creates massive traffic jams

    PHUKET: Lotus yesterday opened its new super store on the edge of Phuket Town, the company’s 17th in Thailand. The “soft” opening caused huge traffic jams in all direction as shoppers rushed to check the place out. Grinning widely, Gwyn Sundhagul, Senior Vice President of Operations, admitted that the company, which is majority-owned by British retailing giant Tesco, had underestimated…

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  • Phuket NewsBusinesses help tax office stay on track | Thaiger

    Businesses help tax office stay on track

    PHUKET: With 11 months of the taxman’s year complete, The Phuket Provincial Revenue Office reports that collections are up very slightly compared with the same period last year. There have been significant falls in VAT revenue, down 47 million baht; in Specific Business Tax (mostly from banks and finance companies), which fell 32 million baht; and in Personal Income Tax,…

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  • Phuket NewsTaiwan team wins Phuket Soccer Cup | Thaiger

    Taiwan team wins Phuket Soccer Cup

    KO KAEW: The Kaohsiung 100 Pacers set a pace that proved too hot for the Lions Singapore in the finals of the 1999 Phuket International Football Cup at Dulwich International College last weekend. The Lions had no chance to respond to the Pacers’ 1-0 lead by half-time. And when the Pacers slammed home another in the last few minutes of…

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