Month: October 2003

  • Phuket NewsMore gamblers nabbed in Phuket | Thaiger

    More gamblers nabbed in Phuket

    PHUKET: A total of 134 people were arrested between October 1 and 25 for gambling, including betting on soccer and selling illegal lottery tickets – up from 46 in the equivalent period in September, according to the latest statistics from the Phuket Provincial Police. Another 154 people were arrested in Phuket as illegal immigrants, one less than in September. There…

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  • Phuket NewsOsaka-Phuket direct flights begin | Thaiger

    Osaka-Phuket direct flights begin

    PHUKET TOWN: Thai Airways International (THAI) has begun direct flights from Osaka, Japan, to Phuket using a 200-seat Airbus. The thrice-weekly service, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays service, designated as flight TG-637, leaves Osaka at 1:25 am and arrives in Phuket at 6:35 am local time. The service got underway on October 27, the same day as the new THAI…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket to declare itself “drug-free’ | Thaiger

    Phuket to declare itself “drug-free’

    PHUKET TOWN: After less than a month in office, Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura has announced that Phuket is ready to declare itself a “drug-free” province. The official announcement will be made at Saphan Hin on the evening of November 8, just before the traditional Loy Kratong Festival ceremony, and a long way ahead of the government’s target date of December…

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  • Phuket NewsAnti-smoking “cops’ to get tough | Thaiger

    Anti-smoking “cops’ to get tough

    PHUKET: To mark the first anniversary of the ban on smoking in public venues, officials from the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) will scour the island from November 8 to purge Phuket of persistent puffers. Acting Chief PPHO Somboon Aiyarak today said that from midnight on November 7, PPHO officers will enforce the ban more stringently than they have during…

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  • Phuket NewsGovernor rejects casino idea | Thaiger

    Governor rejects casino idea

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket does not need a legal casino, Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura said today. He told a meeting of officers at Phuket Provincial Hall that it would not deliver benefits to the island but would only create more problems. “Even if we have a legal casino in Phuket, it doesn’t mean that illegal casinos will disappear,” he said. Crime, especially…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice return after Bush security detail

    Police return after Bush security detail

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket-based police officials who made up the core of the security detail for US President George Bush during the recent Apec summit in Bangkok are now back on the island. Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Pol Col Decha Butnampetch, who was appointed chief of the “front line command center” to secure the US President, told the Gazette that…

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  • Phuket NewsB1.5m in pirate CDs seized | Thaiger

    B1.5m in pirate CDs seized

    PATONG: Patrons of Patong’s formerly bustling trade in copy CDs and other pirated goods might have been forgiven for thinking it would be back to business as usual once the Apec delegates left the country, but a raid on a Patong shop last Friday night indicates otherwise. The raid, led by newly-installed Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangura and Phuket Provincial Police…

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  • Phuket NewsHijacked jumbo joins the party

    Hijacked jumbo joins the party

    CHALONG: The elephants partied big on Friday, and it was the kind of celebration that none of them will ever forget – especially Boonma, the hijacked jumbo. Chokchai Sertpradit, General Manager of Island Safari on Chao Fa Rd West, told the Gazette that Boonma, an adult female, had just returned home after being stolen late one night last month. “We…

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  • Phuket NewsNew party to contest mayoral poll | Thaiger

    New party to contest mayoral poll

    PHUKET TOWN: About 500 people turned out for the launch of a new political party this week – the Sangsan Party (Creative Party – CP). The new party will field candidates in Phuket Town municipal elections and seek to topple the Khon Num (Young Turks) Party from the mayoral seat. The new party was officially launched at Phuket Polytechnic College…

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  • Phuket NewsTHAI launches Sydney-Phuket service | Thaiger

    THAI launches Sydney-Phuket service

    PHUKET TOWN: Thai Airways International (THAI) will launch thrice-weekly direct flights to Phuket from Sydney via Melbourne on October 27, it was announced yesterday. Viset Sontichai, Upper-Southern Thailand District Sales Manager for THAI, told a press conference that the service, TG-980, will use Boeing 737or 747 aircraft, and will land in Phuket on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays at 5:55 am.…

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  • Phuket NewsRawai villages pronounced drug-free | Thaiger

    Rawai villages pronounced drug-free

    RAWAI: In the countdown to declare Phuket a drug-free province by November 30, seven villages in Rawai and Nai Harn have been pronounced free of illegal drugs. At a ceremony at Muang Phuket School on October 24, Vice-Governor Pongpow Ketthong asked more than 400 locals to pledge in front of a picture of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej not to become…

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  • Phuket NewsGerman boy dies on jet-ski | Thaiger

    German boy dies on jet-ski

    PATONG: A 13-year-old German boy died yesterday after the jet-ski he was riding crashed into a moored long-tail boat in the sea off Patong. The boy, named by police as Jonathan Nerlich, was riding a jet-ski that police officers said had been hired for him by his father. The father was on the beach at the time. The boy died…

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  • Phuket NewsLocal developers target Bangkok | Thaiger

    Local developers target Bangkok

    BANGKOK: Property developers from Phuket and Koh Samui will head for the capital at the beginning of next month in a bid to capture a bigger slice of the Bangkok market for high-end homes. In a unique twist for a property show, the organizers of the Phuket & Samui Property Exhibition in Bangkok, to take place November 6-8, have arranged…

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  • Phuket NewsRescuers lose fight to save dolphin

    Rescuers lose fight to save dolphin

    PANWA CAPE: A rare Risso dolphin, at first thought to be a melon-headed whale, has died at Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) after rescuers fought to save the life of the beached creature. Kongkiat Kittiwattawong, a biologist at the center, told the Gazette that the 2.6-meter adult female died about 5 am on Thursday. She was in a pool meant…

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  • Phuket NewsTourist dies in motorbike smash | Thaiger

    Tourist dies in motorbike smash

    KATHU: A British tourist riding a rented motorcycle died in hospital after his head struck the side-mirror of a truck traveling in the opposite direction. Officers named the man as Craig Curry, 32. At the wheel of the truck was Wiwat Padungpol, 26, who has been charged with careless driving. Mr Curry, who had been vacationing in Phuket Town, was…

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  • Phuket NewsStrategic cluster’ plan for three provinces | Thaiger

    Strategic cluster’ plan for three provinces

    PHUKET TOWN : Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi represent a strategic “cluster” for economic development and water-related tourism, a conference heard today. Phuket Vice-Governor Winai Buapradit told representatives from business, government and academic groups, and other interested parties that more planning was needed to make the most of the “cluster.” About 150 people gathered at the Royal Phuket City Hotel…

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  • Phuket NewsLandslide stops Patong Hill traffic | Thaiger

    Landslide stops Patong Hill traffic

    KATHU: A landslide early this afternoon close to the crest of Patong Hill brought traffic to a standstill as rain continued to blanket Phuket. Vice-Governor Pongpow Ketthong told the Gazette that earth and large branches tumbled onto Prabaramee Rd, on the Patong side of the hill near the Pun Tao Kong Chinese shrine, causing huge traffic jams in both directions.…

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  • Phuket NewsAuction of car numbers planned | Thaiger

    Auction of car numbers planned

    PHUKET: Phuket will be the first province outside Bangkok to stage an auction of desirable car registration numbers. A total of 301 numbers will go on the block at the auction at the end of next month at the Royal Phuket City Hotel. Prasit Amarapan, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Transportation Office (PPTO), said that the auction follows two similar,…

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  • Phuket NewsTourist arrivals up 30pc despite rains | Thaiger

    Tourist arrivals up 30pc despite rains

    PHUKET: While heavy rains and flooding have stopped many Thai tourists from visiting Phuket and the Andaman region, the number of foreigners arriving on the island is up by 30% compared with the same time last year. Napasorn Kakai, the Deputy Director of the local Tourism Authority of Thailand office, today told the Gazette, “We expected to have more Thai…

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  • Phuket NewsOfficials sing Phummisak’s praises

    Officials sing Phummisak’s praises

    PHUKET TOWN: All the officers of Phuket Town Municipality – about 1,000 of them – turned out to say farewell to Phuket Town Mayor Phummisak Hongsyok at an outdoor buffet at the Phuket Incinerator on Wednesday night. Groups of officers sang K. Phummisak’s praises – literally – in tributes to the man who leaves office on December 24, when he…

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  • Phuket NewsPutin takes a break in Phuket | Thaiger

    Putin takes a break in Phuket

    PHUKET: The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, is making a private visit to Phuket in advance of the start of the regional summit of leaders of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation economies in Bangkok on Sunday. Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura confirmed that President Putin arrived at Phuket International Airport at 2:40 pm today. The Governor added that he was…

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  • Phuket NewsSpeed up land probe, Gov urges | Thaiger

    Speed up land probe, Gov urges

    PHUKET TOWN: Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura today urged officials looking into alleged land title abuses on the island to speed up their investigations and to work together in a more analytical way. After talking in detail to some 25 officers at the Provincial Hall, the Governor told media that the land issue needed to be resolved because delays could damage the…

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  • Phuket NewsRobber’s golden luck runs out

    Robber’s golden luck runs out

    PHUKET TOWN: If you bought a fortune-telling ticket that said, “You will have luck in everything you wish to do,” what would you do? According to police, if you were Arthit Srithep, you’d rob a gold shop. Arthit, 24, a native of Nakhon Sri Thammarat, robbed a gold shop in Phuket Town on Tuesday, walking out with bracelets worth 328,500…

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  • Phuket NewsPurachai launches “Happy Families’ project

    Purachai launches “Happy Families’ project

    PHUKET TOWN: Visiting Deputy Prime Minister Purachai Piemsomboon today announced that Phuket will be one of two pilot provinces in the Government’s new “Happy Family Skills Training Project”. The project is intended to provide useful skills to couples who wish to raise happy and healthy families. The other province chosen was Prachin Buri. K. Purachai, formerly Thailand’s second most powerful…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket seafood passes contaminants test | Thaiger

    Phuket seafood passes contaminants test

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket seafood has a clean record so far in a crackdown on the use of preservatives and other chemical additives, Pramual Rakjai, chief of Phuket Provincial Fishing Port, said today. He told the Governor’s regular media conference that fishing boats, dealers and vendors would come under scrutiny as the checks continue in the national campaign. The project, which…

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  • Phuket NewsB9m boost for beach guard service | Thaiger

    B9m boost for beach guard service

    PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) will spend more than 15 million baht next year on beach guards and equipment to boost water safety at Phuket beaches. OrBorJor Vice-President Soratham Jinda, head of the organization’s water safety project, said today that the boost in funding, up from 6 million baht this year, was approved in light of the beach…

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  • Thailand NewsFight night down at the wat | Thaiger

    Fight night down at the wat

    SRISAKET: Monks may not often lose their tempers but two did go head-to-head in a heated dispute recently over who got to sit closer to the temple abbot during a merit-making ceremony. The unfortunate incident occurred at Wat Jiang Isrimongkolworaraam in Srisaket province, where devotees had gathered for lunch and a merit-making ritual, to be performed by chief provincial monk…

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  • Thailand NewsMan discovers screw worm | Thaiger

    Man discovers screw worm

    NAKHON NAYOK: Watch out Pfizer – a fireman who recently gobbled down fistfuls of live earthworms on TV claims the slimy, dirt-eating creatures give him extra stamina in bed. And unlike Viagra, they don’t cost 400 baht each. Paisit Chanta, 39, said he’d been eating worms since he was 10, when he got hungry while fishing. His wife, Chuleeporn Chanta,…

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  • Thailand NewsA cow of a day | Thaiger

    A cow of a day

    NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: Cows, women, motorcycle owners and rubber plantation workers in Nakhon Sri Thammarat’s Tung Song will sleep better this month in the knowledge that an ex-convict is back in police custody after confessing to a spate of motorbike thefts and some thoroughly repugnant crimes. Tung Song police pulled over the suspect, 37-year-old Boontham Chanasongkraam, as he was riding…

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  • Phuket NewsAmsterdam murders trigger Phuket raid | Thaiger

    Amsterdam murders trigger Phuket raid

    CHALONG: A Bangkok-based Dutch police officer joined four Drug Suppression Unit officers in a weekend raid on the Phuket home of a Dutchman who was murdered in Amsterdam and was suspected of involvement in the international illegal drugs trade. Saturday’s 6 am raid on the home of Jules Leo Jie at Land and Houses Park led to the discovery of…

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  • Phuket NewsGovernor proposes new sports complex | Thaiger

    Governor proposes new sports complex

    PHUKET: Phuket’s new Governor, Udomsak Usawarangkura, would like to see 2,000 rai of government land at Tah Chat Chai, the northern end of the island, developed as a sports complex with the aim of encouraging sports tourism. He told the Gazette in an exclusive interview today that implementation of the idea should follow the recent decision to build the International…

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  • Phuket NewsCarnival set to open high season

    Carnival set to open high season

    PHUKET TOWN: About 5.2 million baht is to be spent on this year’s Patong Carnival from November 1 to 3 to mark the opening of the tourist high season. Live music will be performed nightly over the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Other highlights will include a beach-cleaning campaign, fireworks, a mini-marathon, the Miss Andaman Patong Contest and beach volleyball and…

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  • Phuket NewsFarang heavies in Muay Thai tangle tonight | Thaiger

    Farang heavies in Muay Thai tangle tonight

    SAPHAN HIN: Two Europeans heavyweights will tangle in the main event of tonight’s Thai boxing fights at Saphan Hin Stadium, starting at 8 pm. The match, the first international Muay Thai event held on the island, is expected to be a cracker, pitting two 24-year-old boxers from rival gyms in Kata. Fighting out of the Phuket Muay Thai Gym will…

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  • Phuket NewsHealthy profit tipped for airport | Thaiger

    Healthy profit tipped for airport

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket International Airport is expected to increase its profit by 1.4% this year despite the Sars crisis, a gathering to mark the airport’s 15th anniversary heard on Wednesday. Lt Cdr Boonchart Prompoon, Director of the Airports Authority of Thailand, Phuket, said that revenue for the first eight months of this year was 784 million baht, well on track…

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  • Phuket NewsForeign husbands still tied in knots | Thaiger

    Foreign husbands still tied in knots

    BANGKOK (The Nation): The Constitution Court yesterday issued a ruling that won’t make it any easier for foreign men married to Thai wives to become Thai citizens. The ruling effectively means that men born overseas will still be subject to complicated citizenship procedures. Foreign women married to Thai men are currently allowed to seek Thai nationality without having to go…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo gunned down on bypass road

    Two gunned down on bypass road

    PHUKET TOWN: Two men were killed last night after a gunman opened fire on their pickup truck while they were waiting at traffic lights at the junction of Wichit Songkhram Rd and the bypass road, across from the Thainaan restaurant. A witness, who said the shooting happened about 7 pm, told the Gazette that he was riding his motorbike from…

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  • Phuket NewsPTA chief calls for more open skies | Thaiger

    PTA chief calls for more open skies

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Tourist Association President Pattanapong Aikwanich believes Thai Airways should only fly international routes and leave domestic flights to smaller, more competitive airlines. He aired this belief today in welcoming the return of Phuket Air to two local high-season routes, adding that if aviation were divided in this way, Phuket would more quickly become a hub for southern…

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