Month: August 2002

  • Phuket NewsSeafood a fresh Phuket drawcard | Thaiger

    Seafood a fresh Phuket drawcard

    PHUKET: A new festival, the Phuket International Seafood Festival, is to be held between November 1 and December 6 this year to tempt tourists’ tastebuds. The climax of the festival will be a street stall dine-out in Patong from December 3-6 that is expected to attract the participation of hotels and restaurants from all over the island. Ice carving, bartender…

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  • Phuket NewsGov denies reassignment rumor | Thaiger

    Gov denies reassignment rumor

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi today scotched rumors that he will move from Phuket in October, saying that he wants to stay another year. Widespread rumors – which the Governor admitted had reached his ears – have predicted that he would leave in October’s annual rotation of government personnel. Some rumors even speculated as to the name of his…

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  • Phuket NewsChavalit backs devolution of power | Thaiger

    Chavalit backs devolution of power

    PHUKET: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, today reaffirmed the government’s commitment to devolution of political power from Bangkok to the provinces. In a speech at the Royal Phuket City Hotel to 600 representatives of Provincial Administration Organizations (OrBorJors) from all over Thailand, Gen Chavalit stressed that local administrations are a way of distributing power. Despite…

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  • Phuket News

    Admiral ‘has no political ambitions’

    AO MAKHAM: The Third Naval Area Command bade farewell today to Adm Prasert Boonthong, Commissioner of the Royal Thai Navy, in a ceremony involving 300 sailors from five provinces. Adm Prasert, who will retire on September 30 and will be succeeded by Adm Taweesak Somapa. In an exclusive interview, he told the Gazette that he had no formal retirement plans…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo fishermen missing, feared drowned | Thaiger

    Two fishermen missing, feared drowned

    CHALONG: Two crewmen are missing, feared drowned, after their fishing boat sank off Racha Noi, a small island south of Phuket. Six other men from the “Por Paweena 9” were rescued by another fishing vessel. Survivors told of the boat being smashed by rough monsoon seas in darkness about 3 am last Friday (August 2). It sank soon afterwards. Lt…

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  • Phuket NewsChavalit steps in as Thaksin cancels trip | Thaiger

    Chavalit steps in as Thaksin cancels trip

    PHUKET: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has canceled a trip to Phuket tomorrow for a scheduled speech to open the national convention for members of Provincial Administration Organizations (OrBorJor). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, will stand in for the PM, launching the two-day convention at the Royal Phuket City Hotel at 9:30 am with a speech…

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  • Phuket News

    Charity opens center to help kids

    PATONG: A round-the-clock center run by international charity World Vision is now operating in Patong to help children escape the sex industry, homelessness and poverty. The one-story centre, built with 800,000 baht in donations, was officially opened yesterday on Haad Patong Rd, opposite the Club Andaman Beach Resort and behind the football field. It will be run by Patong Municipality.…

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  • Phuket NewsOrBorTors to become fire fighters | Thaiger

    OrBorTors to become fire fighters

    PATONG: In an attempt to improve brush fire control and save money at the same time, Thailand’s Tambon Administration Organizations (OrBorTor) are to be trained to deal with blazes in their areas. The new policy was announced in Phuket today by Sawat Dulyapach, Deputy Director-General of the Royal Forest Department, at the department’s annual seminar. The gathering attracted 148 unit…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Town trash fee trebles | Thaiger

    Phuket Town trash fee trebles

    PHUKET TOWN: Garbage collection fees have skyrocketed for most homes in Phuket Town, from 10 baht a month to 30 baht a month. The increased rates, introduced on July 11 – nearly two months earlier than expected – have been adopted by Phuket Town Municipality because the old collection fees failed to cover costs. A house with 20 liters of…

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  • Phuket NewsTourism road show targets neighbors | Thaiger

    Tourism road show targets neighbors

    PHUKET: One of the first activities organized by the newly-elected Phuket Tourist Association (PTA) committee will be a road show to Singapore and Malaysia, aimed at attracting low-season tourists. Pattanapong Aikwanich, the new president of the PTA, told a press conference this afternoon that the “Thailand Southern Paradise Road Show 2002” will run from August 13-17. Panu Massirat, Vice-President of…

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  • Phuket NewsThaksin to fly in for 1-hour speech | Thaiger

    Thaksin to fly in for 1-hour speech

    PHUKET TOWN: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will fly from Bangkok on Thursday to make a one-hour speech at a national convention for members of Provincial Administration Organizations (OrBorJor). The PM is scheduled to open the two-day convention at the Royal Phuket City Hotel, starting at 9:30 am, with a speech on provincial government reform. About 800 OrBorJor members are expected…

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  • Phuket NewsRain damps drought concerns | Thaiger

    Rain damps drought concerns

    PHUKET: Continuing rain should stave off the threat of drought on Phuket and replenish water supplies, Suwin Anukul, Chief of Water Allotment of the Phuket Irrigation Project, said today. “At least we should be fine through to the end of this year,” he added. K. Suwin said the recent monsoon falls increased supplies in the Bang Wad reservoir by 800,000…

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  • Phuket NewsKitchen knife killing: wife on the run | Thaiger

    Kitchen knife killing: wife on the run

    RASSADA: A woman who appears to have been a victim of domestic violence was on the run today after her husband was killed with a kitchen knife. Somsak Thepthong, 37, a laborer, was stabbed once in the stomach at the couple’s home on 12/66 Moo 1, Koh Sireh at the weekend. Pol Capt Sarit Buthnongsan, of Phuket Town Police Station,…

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  • Phuket NewsVillage chiefs bitter at ‘no guns&’ decision | Thaiger

    Village chiefs bitter at ‘no guns&’ decision

    PHUKET: Village leaders have protested over an Interior Ministry decision to stop awarding guns to village leaders who are voted provincial Kamnan or Phu Yai Baan of the Year. The Kamnan and Phu Yai Baan traditionally act as mediators in village disputes and are also responsible for security when police are not available. To this end, they are entitled to…

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  • Phuket NewsYa bah arrests drop by 50pc | Thaiger

    Ya bah arrests drop by 50pc

    PHUKET: The number of people arrested between July1 to July 25 on charges related to ya bah (methamphetamine) was just 28, compared to 56 during the same period in June, according to the latest statistics released by police. Police last month arrested 123 people on narcotics charges in raids that netted 455 ya bah pills, compared with 153 arrests for…

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  • Phuket NewsStar Tour denies cutting back tour groups | Thaiger

    Star Tour denies cutting back tour groups

    PHUKET TOWN: A major Swedish tour organizer says it will continue to send groups to Phuket despite some misgivings it has about child labor, homeless children and child prostitution on the island. At the same time, however, Marie Hallberg – a Swedish researcher who was at the center of an earlier storm over suggestions that the company might boycott Phuket…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket kids head for Special Olympics | Thaiger

    Phuket kids head for Special Olympics

    PHUKET TOWN: Two students from the Phuket Special School are to represent Thailand in this year’s Special Olympic Games in Japan. Fifteen-year-olds Suriyan Kwanprom and Sukasem Charoensuk were presented with 10,000 baht towards the trip when they met Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi at Phuket Provincial Hall today. The two leave Phuket on Monday to meet the other eight Thai representatives…

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  • Thailand NewsMonk nails black magic curse | Thaiger

    Monk nails black magic curse

    PHRAE: Somkiat Jummoh, 20, had been suffering from stomach pains for almost a month. His local doctor diagnosed the problem as hemorrhoids, but when the pains grew worse, Somkiat went to Phra Yuppharach Denchai Hospital where X-rays showed he had four two-inch nails and two fishhooks in his intestines. Somkiat was then taken to Phrae Hospital where doctors said he…

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  • Phuket NewsFake Dulwich papers “full of mistakes’ | Thaiger

    Fake Dulwich papers “full of mistakes’

    PHUKET TOWN: Fake Dulwich International College certificates were part of a recently uncovered Internet scam, but were of poor quality, the Phuket Provincial Education Office said today. Among the mistakes on the imitations were subjects listed that are not taught at the college and a logo that failed to match the real one. The signature on the fakes was that…

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  • Phuket NewsElectricity firm opens pay kiosk at Big C | Thaiger

    Electricity firm opens pay kiosk at Big C

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) today opened a service counter at the Big C supercenter, on the bypass road, where consumers may pay their electricity bills. Sornchai Uparamai, the Manager of the PPEA, told the Gazette that the decision to open the kiosk was made following many complaints from customers about the hot and lengthy wait for…

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  • Phuket NewsMahouts trained to look after elephants | Thaiger

    Mahouts trained to look after elephants

    PHUKET: The Provincial Livestock Department today held a training seminar for mahouts from Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, in which they were taught the basics of elephant health. About 50 mahouts attended the seminar at the Royal Paradise Hotel in Patong. A similar seminar last year attracted about 300 mahouts. Suwut Chalayjorn, Director of the Veterinary Service Division, explained, “The…

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